As our season comes to an end, so do the careers of some amazing men that have become my good friends.
Nate Bubash is the kind of player that will drive you nuts if you are the one trying to defend him. His patented reverses, scoops, hooks and normally impossible looking shots are just the everyday norm for him.
When he checks into the game, he usually scores, gets rebounds, and makes stops in crucial times that help turn things around. Seems like every year at Nationals, he comes up big when his number is called. Thank you Nate for always being the guy that does whatever he is called upon to do.
Aaron Murray has been here for 5 years, and during that time he has touched the lives of many people on and off the court. Aaron sets an awesome example for how caring and considerate a young man can be.
Aaron played softball with me this summer, and having never played a game of it in his life, his athletic abilities still made him do an amazing job. Aaron was consistently a supportive teammate for IWU and a fierce competitor, but he also has a compassionate heart that made him stand out even more than his height.
I first met Bob Peters during an IWU hoops junkyard workout while he was still in high school. Little did I know back then, that Bob’s style and talents would end up second to none. Bob has always been fearless in his game play (give him the ball with the game on the line and the shot is going in) and fearless in his style (see pic below haha).
Bob became an amazing athlete, competitor and scorer. He definitely saved the day on many occasions. Thank you Bob for your friendship and all the great memories you gave us on and off the court!
When recruiting Lane Mahurin, Coach Tonagel said this kid is kinda goofy, and would probably like doing some funny video stuff. Many years later, Lane is still the team prankster and pretty good at making and editing videos. He’s been an awesome friend, a dependable worker for us at WIWU, and also happens to be the #3 all time leading scorer at IWU.
A lot can be said about his success, and he deserves every bit of the praise. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help make our program what it is today. We would never be the same without you!
Thanks again to all of our Seniors and the rest of the IWU Wildcats team for another amazing season… and for friendships that will last a lifetime.
- Paul Crisp