LINCOLN — Three state tournament appearances, 84 wins, 17 losses, and one special bond.
The Sutton boys basketball team's four seniors — Mitch Carlson, Austan Rath, Reed Stone and Brody Yost — have been playing basketball since they were in the third grade, forming a relationship that they'll remember for quite some time.
"We're close. We've always been close," Yost said Saturday after the Mustangs fell to Southern Valley 38-34 in overtime in the Class C-2 state championship game. "We've always done everything together. They've been like brothers to me, and I know they feel the same way."
Stone said the group is together from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at school and practice. Even after that, the seniors spend time together going to movies, playing video games or just hanging out.
"We're a family, basically. We hang out all the time, go to each other's houses, go to Hastings, we just do everything together," Rath said. "I think that says a lot for our team and our camaraderie on and off the court."