Queens of the Court

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Photo by Andee Bouwhuis

The Bingham Girl’s Basketball Team unites in their game against Viewmont High School.

Sophia Warnas

Teamwork, dedication, and passion. These are the qualities exemplified when the Bingham Girls’ Basketball Team steps onto the court. This season they learned what it means to face any challenge together. These athletes have built a successful team under Head Coach Skyler Beard and Assistant Coach Charron Mason’s leadership. They are currently ranked 3rd in the state of Utah with an overall score of fourteen wins and four losses. They will play at regional competitions every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm until February 18, and they encourage Miners to show their support!

“We have a great group of girls who are learning and growing together and becoming a team. It is a crazy year with this pandemic, and we are happy to be playing ball,” says Coach Beard, “These girls work so hard and are happy to be representing Bingham.”

The team is coming together to be their best on and off the court. Although it can be challenging to sustain a long and physically demanding season, they have become a family that lifts and supports each other. “Every day, I get to hang out with 17 best friends, and it is so much fun!” says Eliza Roberts, a captain of the team. 

For some, this will be their last season playing for Bingham. Seniors Nane Lokutui, Lauren Yeschick, and Eliza Roberts will graduate this year; however, they will not leave behind what they have learned on the court. 

Roberts said, “Basketball has taught me how to work hard and how to set goals and strive to meet them. This is a great skill to have in life and something I will use all the time. I’m also grateful for the best friendships that I’ll get to have with my teammates for my whole life.”

The state tournament will begin on February 23, and the girls are ready. Whatever comes their way, they will do it together. Roberts defined this spirit of unity using a Buddhist term, “Mudita.” She said this means “to have great joy in the success of others, and in my case joy for my teammates. It isn’t about me. It’s about our team.”

To watch this stellar team in action, go here and stream live games each week. 

Go, Miners!