FEATURE: Years of hard work paying off for Hartfield, Breckenridge boys

For high school coaches, patience is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity.

In a vocation centered around the development of young people both in and out of the competitive arena, it can take time for things to come together as hoped, planned or envisioned. And that progression isn’t always linear.

But it’s in the realization of a player or team’s potential that most coaches find their greatest reward — a fact to which fourth-year Breckenridge boys basketball coach Colby Hartfield can attest.

Sitting at 13-3 after a second-place finish at the Eula Holiday Classic on Dec. 27-28, Hartfield’s Buckaroos are off to one of the best starts of any small-school team in the Big Country. And they’re doing it with most of the same players that went 17-16 a year ago — a handful of which were part of a 6-21 squad in Hartfield’s first season.

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