Both North Zulch Bulldogs basketball team competed and won in their home gym early in the season on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd and also celebrated Homecoming festivities.
The men’s team rebounded after a tough loss to Mumford at home during the week and were able to take down Milano by a score of 56-37.
“I thought the kids played real hard and real well,” said North Zulch men’s basketball Coach Matt Kirschner. “They are really starting to understand the press and what we want to do. We shot the ball better than we have been shooting and also limited our turnovers. We were able to get several points out of transition, which is our offensive philosophy. We also had balance scoring which is something I like to see.”
Kaleb Douga led the way for the Bulldogs on Saturday with 12 total points in the contest. He was followed by three of teammates with eight points apiece. North Zulch grew a commanding lead in the first half with 20 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second. They scored just 15 altogether in the second half, but had built too big a lead to overcome.
In between games, after the Homecoming Court was announced and greeted by the crowd, new North Zulch women’s basketball coach Michael Stenseth was honored by the program with a plaque commemorating his 600th overall win. It was a surprise honor after he reached the feat with a victory over Mumford last Tuesday.
Before coming to North Zulch, Stenseth coached for 35 seasons. He reached the Regional tournament twice with Valley Mills, took Ingleside to Regionals in his second season with the team and reached the state tournament with Rudder. This was the only women’s team from Bryan to ever qualify for state. In 2016, Coach Stenseth won the Dean Weiss 5A Outstanding Girls Coach of the Year Award.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to a hot start after the Homecoming ceremonies and built an insurmountable lead over Cornerstone in the first quarter alone. The win was their second straight after a 50-14 decision over Mumford.
Both North Zulch basketball teams saw action early this week and both will take a week off for the holiday. The men will return on Nov. 27 in Latexo and the women will host Hempstead that same night.