Warriors win Jim Thorpe tourney
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 AM
Brent Farmer has been the head boys basketball coach at Choctaw Central for about a month, and already his team has won a tournament championship and appears to be off to a good start.
Last week, Farmer took two teams to Shawnee, Okla., to compete in the Jim Thorpe Native American Basketball Tournament, which was held at Oklahoma Baptist University. The Choctaw Central 16-and-under team went 6-0 and won its division. The 19-and-under team went 2-2 and fell just short of making it to semifinals.
"It was a good chance for us to get some summer games in," Farmer said. "I was proud of both teams. The 16-and-under team was made up of our junior varsity players while our returning starters were on the 19-and-under team. The competition was tough in both division and I was happy with the way things turned out."
Saying it was his turn to show what he could do, Choctaw Central Athletic Director Walter Wilson announced last month that Farmer would be the boys head basketball coach for 2014-2015 school year. Farmer, a 1994 graduate of Choctaw Central, had been an assistant coach with the school since the 2007 school year.
"I have a good background with the school," Farmer said. "I know the players and their families pretty well. I have coached under Scott Thomas and Johnny Slaughter, and I have learned a lot.
"At the start of every season, a team's ultimate goal is win the state championship, and that's what we are setting our goal to be. We play in a very tough region and it won't be easy. But we will be working hard this summer to get ready."
Farmer said the players enjoyed the trip and most got to see a part of the country where they had never been before. But after returning home Friday, their week wasn't over.
"We went and played in the East Central team camp," Farmer said. "When it was over Saturday, we were tired."
Farmer said the Warriors would be attending the Ole Miss and Mississippi College camps later this summer.