May 7, 2013 12:05 AM by Tyler Garrett - firstname.lastname@example.org
CARROLL - After having to fight and scrape just to get into the playoffs Carroll cruised in their best of three series with San Antonio Taft, advancing to the Area Round of the Class 5A Playoffs.
Next up is San Antonio Churchill in another best of three series, and perhaps their biggest challenge of the year. Nevermind the fact that Lee Yeager will be squaring off once again with a former player in Chad Marshall.
"They're a great opponent and they're a rival that's always been in the region iv. Because it's one of his old players it makes it an extra challenge for us. He wants to beat his coach and everything is on the line for him. Now it's time for us to go prove ourselves and go beat a worthy opponent," said Andrew Heitkamp.
For veteran leaders like Heitkamp and Brandon Burns this playoff run is personal, especially after how things played out last season. Burns was the victim of an awful hop at the State Tournament, a play that contributed to Carroll blowing a late-game lead.
"Definitely I just went out and played every game to get back and I won't let that play get the best of me and I am working to prove people wrong," said Burns.