The Rockport-Fulton boys basketball season ended Tuesday night with a 58-43 loss to Hidalgo in the first round of the playoffs. Ralph Rampellini, the head coach for Rockport-Fulton, passed on the following thoughts on the season in a note to supporters of the program:
"Our biggest goal this season was to put a ‘16 on the banner in the gym. It has been 23 years since a boys’ team won a playoff game for Rockport-Fulton. We knew it was going to take a special team to do it. It’s tough when it was that close to happening. We had a real shot at winning Tuesday night - it was a two-possession game with three minutes to go. We learned firsthand the mental toughness, focus and discipline needed to win a playoff game down the stretch. As we all know there is no substitute for experience, and we just learned that the hard way. Foul trouble played a factor, too, but I believe we still should have got the job done.
"It is worth noting that Rockport boys’ varsity basketball has won 40 games the last two seasons, including 17 district games. We improved our district wins from eight a year ago to nine this season. With two playoff appearances in a row and four returning starters the playoff victory will come for Rockport-Fulton. It’s part of the process.
"It was great to see our fan base come out and support the boys! We had many individual and team accomplishments this past season, and I enjoyed sharing them with all of you. It takes many people to create a winning program throughout the community and school district, and I would like to thank all those who gave of their time to help our boys be successful. We had another winning season."
- Mary Rampellini