ECTC Barons enjoy successful basketball season

By DR. DALE BUCKLES, ECTC Chief Student Affairs Officer

The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College men’s basketball team wrapped up its sixth season with an impressive 21-5 record.

The 21-win season was the best since the Barons were reactivated in 2012.

Under the guidance of volunteer coach John Veague, the Barons’ winning season included defeating JV teams from Bethel University (Tennessee), Asbury University, Camp­bellsville University, Lindsey Wilson University and Midway University. The Barons also posted victories over the University of Cincinnati-Claremont, Southern State Community College (Ohio), Ivy Tech Community College (Indianapolis), Southeastern Illinois College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Kentucky).

After losing to Olney Community College in Illinois, who later defeated No. 1-ranked Vincennes University, and Vincennes University, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Asso­ci­a­tion when they hosted the Barons, the Barons completed their regular season on a 12-game winning streak.

The sports programs at ECTC complement the mission and goals of the college. Athletics support students’ intellectual, physical and social development, as well as generate school spirit and community pride. Student-athletes enhance and demonstrate their athletic and intellectual skills through teamwork, sportsmanship, intercollegiate competition and gain educational and life-enriching experiences that instill qualities such as commitment, excellence, dedication and perseverance both on and off the playing field.

The program relies on volunteers who coach, drive vans, provide management for team events and encourage the academic success of the players. ECTC volunteer coaches lead by example and have a strong moral and giving core. The college is fortunate to have coaches such as John Veague, who care about their players’ well-being; coaches who love, support, encourage, promote and develop their players; coaches who coach for their players and their school — not for personal recognition.

Volunteers such as Mike Burns, a college safety officer who has driven players to every away game, soccer, volleyball, basketball, for the past six seasons, and Judy Akers, Glen Raizor and Mary Jo King who have attended and worked home games for six years, allow us to extend these opportunities to the students of ECTC.

The college is committed to offering sports to give the students the collegiate experience they want.

Anyone interested in supporting the Barons, or who knows students who would like to play, contact Dale Buckles at 270-706-8431.