Ike aims for state title
When you are successful, you are expected to not just continue being as successful, but be even better.
So after the Eisenhower Eagles won the school's first state championship in boys basketball in 2015, the program was expected to continue that success.
That is not to say that the two subsequent seasons, each of which ended with losses in the state tournament, were failures. Each of those Ike teams was supremely talented and well-disciplined.
However, the Eagles (16-5) enter the playoffs feeling they have some unfinished business. Specifically, the six seniors, some of whom were on that 2015 team, feel they have one final goal to accomplish.
"The ring freshman year, it was sweet," point guard R.J. Fisher, who started on that title-winning team as a freshman, said. "But going out with a ring, I don't think there'd be a better feeling."
The No. 4 Eagles begin the playoffs as Region 3 host in the Class 5A West bracket, playing Guymon (6-16) at the Eagles' Nest at 8 p.m. Friday.
Current Ike players Kevin Farmer and Kenneth Graham were also on that 2015 varsity team roster for the playoff run, though they saw little playing time as freshmen. Now seniors, they are important cogs in the Eisenhower machine.