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Coach Hutchens approaches milestone

Natalie Widmer, Student Writer

With basketball season in full swing and playoffs coming up, the focus is not just on the team. Mike Hutchens, better known on campus as Hutch, is in his 28 year as head coach at Knoxville Catholic, and is within five games of his 500 win.

Hutchens expressed that if the team wins the next five games to get to this point, it would put them in the sub-state game. He expressed that this would mean a lot to him saying, “The main thing it would mean is that we would be in the sub-state, that’s all that matters.”

With all the teams Hutchens has coached throughout the years, his team right now is perfect to play in the big game.

“I started a lot of these boys as freshmen and they’ve come up together and they’ve come a long way,” Hutchens said. The boys are doing their best to get this big win for their coach. Senior Chase Kuerschen said that it would mean a lot to be a part of the team that got this 500 win.

“It would be a big deal and we’re really trying to get it for him,” Kuerschen said.

Coach Hutchens is not only a coach to his players. Senior Luke Smith said, “I’ve known [Hutchens] since I was 8 or 9 and he’s been a mentor to me and is a really great guy.” The players have expressed that this win would represent all the hard work and dedication Coach Hutchens has put into the sport throughout his lifetime. The Irish will celebrate senior night and take on the Bearden Bulldogs this Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 pm. at home.

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