a season with the mavericks

The McCutcheon High School Mavericks allowed me to follow their 2000/2001 season in a way that had not been done before. I attended nearly every practice and all of the games. This look into the season was published in four parts over the course of the season This is a short summation of how it went and how it ended sooner than they would have liked.

Life with Mavs
Kevin Downham runs wind sprints at the end of a practice as coach Rick Peckinpaugh keeps an eye on other players.
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Scott Anderson (left), Brandon Lancaster (center) and Kevin Downham share a laugh before getting their ankles taped at Twin Lakes High School.
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Players had their own strategy for occupying their time on the bus to games.
Life with the Mavs
Rick Peckinpaugh goes over a defensive play with Dave Crandall and Clayton Richard (back) during a practice. Peckinpaugh does not do a lot of teaching during practice. He expects the players to know what to do by the time they make it to the varsity team.
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Avery Sheets goes up for two points during the game at West Lafayette High School.
Mav Fans
A last second shot by Avery Sheets brings fans, players and cheerleaders to their feet at Noblesville. McCutcheon won the game 66-63.
Mavs Behind the Scenes
Kevin Downham (center) and Avery Sheets “bounce” before the game in Lafayette Jefferson visitors locker room. “It gets us pumped up before a game,” Downham said.
Mavs Behind the Scenes
Bart Hunsicker listens to athletic trainer Alicia Clevenger after turning his ankle during the home game against Rensselaer early in the season. The cryo-cuff on his foot is filled with cold water and is used to help control swelling.
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Coach Rick Peckinpaugh looks at the clock at the end of a time-out during a close game.
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Avery Sheets reacts to losing the final game of the season.