“As you go through and with each win, the excitement builds,” Dean said. “We’re trying to balance the work load of practice with realizing that this is the end of the season and the kids are fatigued, but for the most part, the kids are in a good mood, even giddy, which is fun to be around.”
That’s a big change from Dean’s last experience in the state semifinals. As a junior at GHHS in the fall of 1992, Dean helped guide the Buccaneers to a regional championship and a berth in the state semifinals. The night of the regional game, Dean’s friend and teammate, Adam Provencal, was tragically killed.
“Our year at this point was significantly different with the passing of Adam Provencal,” Dean said. “We had a ton of fun and enjoyed each in, but our semifinal game was a much different experience. I don’t remember who we played or what the score was.”
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