May 20, 2004
Albany-- Darton College sophomore Donnie Parker isn't shying away from setting the bar high for next week's national tournament.
"I really think we're all expecting to win. I mean with me being a sophomore and it being my last year I'd really like to," Parker said.
Recent history backs up Parker's lofty expectations. In the last two years the Cavs have finished 14th and 10th respectively in the national tourney. This year they've been ranked as high as number one and are coming off their second straight Region 17 title.
"We've been close a couple of years and we feel like we're even better this year. We feel like we've got a decent chance this year," head coach Dale Dover said. "I think top two (finish) is a legitimate goal. I think we're that good," freshman Brandon Anthony said.
The Cavaliers are also well rested. Their last collegiate tournament was over a month ago.
"We'll probably be a little stale and we'll probably have a little bit of the jitters the first day going out there but what we've got to realize is that we can play just as well as any of the other teams out there," Dover said.
And the Cavs can't help but think about what a national title would mean to not only their school but also the community.
"They (the community) know(s) that we're working hard here at Darton to have one of the top programs in the country. So they have supported us very well financially and given us a lot of moral support too," Dover added.
And now the Cavs believe it's their turn to show their appreciation by bringing home a national title.
The Junior College Division II National Tournament runs next Tuesday through Friday in Phoenix, Arizona.
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