Cardinal Spoils Berkshire’s HOF Weekend
January 19, 2023 by Rich Kelly

A 36-point blowout in front of the home crowd in the new gym

The new school year in the Burton community has been a rousing success.

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The new school year in the Burton community has been a rousing success.

With a spectacular new campus as its showcase, the administration has done great work to share it with everybody in the area.

This past Saturday and Sunday, 26 high school teams came to take part in the first Hall of Fame Hoopsfest in the high school gym.

Action was fast and thrilling, and as Sunday’s games wore down, setting up the public introduction to this year’s inductees to the Burton/Berkshire Athletic Hall of Fame, anticipation was building for the weekend’s finale, Cardinal vs. Berkshire, running nearly an hour late due to stoppages in play.

After the halftime induction, Berkshire’s boys team continued to have issues getting the ball into the basket and dropped a 58-22 contest to their neighborhood rival.

The Huskies’ Jake Bean hit his first four shots of the game to open a 9-2 lead, and the demolition never stopped as everything the Badgers did turned to flames — all except for putting the ball into the basket. Paul Gall led the balanced attack for Cardinal (8-5) with 15 points, Troy Domen added 13, and Cardinal dominated throughout.

“We’ve been working on putting bodies on bodies to rebound better,” Huskies Coach Jon Cummins said. “Today we did a really good job all night long. The kids were ready to play, even with a late start.”

Berkshire Coach Joe Montanaro agreed, reluctantly.

“I think we just need to work harder in practice at game speeds to be ready for this competition in our league,” he said. “Tonight we didn’t defend well, we didn’t play good fundamentally. Give Cardinal credit for just beating us in every facet of the game.”

Jack Hastings tried, leading Berkshire with 11 of its 22 points, but the big problem came with putting the ball into the basket.

The Badgers hit on just eight of 44 shots while being out-rebounded as well, 33-17.

They are better than that. It just can’t be pinpointed whether the significant delayed to their game had anything to do with their loss.

Still, the long day was a definite success for all in the new palace called Berkshire High.