Four Nogales High School buses were lined up outside McKale Center tonight at 10:30 as the Apaches and their cheerleaders and traveling party left for the hour-long drive back to the border city.
Those buses will be delivering some of them back to school by 7 in the morning.
The Apaches (9-9) then board buses again after school for their game tomorrow night at Buena in Sierra Vista.
So goes the existence of a remote high school. At least on this night, they will have a fun trip back after outlasting Cholla 51-47 in the last of seven games of the MLK Classic.
Nogales was led by Steven Legleu’s 13 points. His brother Sam is a former Apache who graduated two years ago and is now a freshman at Pima College after sitting out last year as a redshirt at Montana State Billings.
Steven in the video below talks about playing at McKale and the anxious moments that came with it having to wait until almost 9 p.m. for the Apaches’ game to start. He is the younger brother of Sam Legleu, a former Nogales standout who is a freshman at Pima College after redshirting last season at Division II Montana State Billings.
Steven Legleu led @apaches_bball with 13 points in the win over Cholla tonight in the final game of the #MLKClassic. Brother Sam Legleu, a former Nogales standout, plays at Montana State Billings pic.twitter.com/ug5T34SH8C
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