Bulldogs comfortable despite 13th seed; feel they can compete with any team

By: Matt Long
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The postseason couldn’t come at a better time for Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team. The Bulldogs enter the playoffs tonight on the road at Antelope High, facing the No. 4 seed. Despite Folsom’s 12-14 sub-.500 record, the team enters the playoffs with a clean slate. “We’re definitely playing our best basketball all year in our last few games,” Folsom senior Rich Olpin said. “It gives us a boost and hopefully we can carry the momentum into the playoffs. Even though we lost against Sheldon, we played very well and we’re confident we can make it to Arco. I feel no one is as good as Sheldon in Division II so I feel we have a good chance.” Folsom coach Frank Horwath agrees. “We’ve put together two very good efforts against Oak Ridge and Sheldon,” Horwath said. “We’ve played as well has we have all season. I think that Division II is wide open. Woodcreek is the head of the class and Fairfield has a strong program, but I feel if we play well, we’re capable of playing with anyone and beating anyone.” Olpin said for Folsom to have success in the playoffs, they need to play together as a team on offense and play good defense. Horwath added, “We have to rebound at the defensive end and we need everyone to chip in because we’re not real big. Offensively, we have to take care of the ball and limit turnovers, stick within the structure of the offense and get good shots.”