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Last year the Stevensville Yellow Jackets won the Class A State Championship, it was their first ever in school history.

"Last year was the best time of my life, just getting to win that state championship for the first time for Stevi it was great and to celebrate with my teammates and all that it was just awesome," said Senior Zach Gavlak.

After tasting championship success, the Yellow Jackets say it's only added fuel to the fire.

"You know I think we might want it even more this year because it was such an amazing accomplishment," said Junior Jessie Sims.

"Having us like win a state championship I think that made a lot of us work that much harder in the offseason," said Senior Jared Schultz.

Stevensville will defend their title with a new head coach in Joey Wark, who takes over for Keith Chambers after he led Stevi for over two decades.  Wark has played and worked under Chambers and says things won't be much different.

"Right now we are doing the same things in practices we're not changing anything, the drills are the same and the kids already know the stuff that we're doing so that part of the transition has been pretty smooth," said Head Coach Joey Wark.

It makes for a smooth transition when you have talented guys like Jared Schultz, Jessie Sims and Zach Gavlak returning, and it has the fans of Stevensville excited.

"You walk around the community and you have people ask you 'how is the basketball season going to be?  And I respond that we have a lot of kids back and everybody knows already it's not a mystery who is coming back, so there's a lot of buzz and people looking forward to the season," said Wark

So it's high hopes once again for the fans and the players down in the Bitterroot.

"My expectations, I mean I don't like to be too cocky, but I think we can go out on the court and do it again," said Gavlak.

 

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