EVART \u2014 Jarek VanOrder played varsity basketball at Evart four seasons and saw marked improvement in the program over the years. As a freshman, VanOrder saw the team struggle through an 0-21 season. It improved to 4-17 as a sophomore. In his senior season, the Wildcats improved to 8-14. \u201cWe had a great game against Morley Stanwood to get the win,\u201d VanOrder said. The season ended Friday at Hesperia in the Class C district finals with a 53-25 loss to Shelby. The Wildcats trailed 29-9 at halftime. DJ Beckman and Lucas Landis netted 16 points apiece for Shelby. Preston Boyd scored seven points for Evart while VanOrder added six. \u201cWe really tried to slow it down,\u201d said Evart coach Kris Morgan. \u201cI think we held them to their lowest point total of the year. What hurt us was right before halftime, they went up from being 10 on us to being 20 points ahead on us. They were big but they could also hit those mid-range jumpers.\u201d On Wednesday, the Wildcats stunned Morley Stanwood 52-49 in overtime in a district semifinal game. Boyd was hot with 25 points while Jessie Lang added nine. Evart, with a 29-25 rebounding edge, had a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and was up 21-15 at halftime and 31-24 after the third quarter. Morley Stanwood had an 18-11 edge in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 42-42. Evart outscored the Mohawks 10-7 in the overtime. \u201cPreston Boyd had a great game for us,\u201d VanOrder said. \u201cIt really helped us. Against Shelby, we got a little outmanned,\u201d Morgan indicated that things started clicking toward the end of the season for the Wildcats. VanOrder agreed \u201cIt was their first district win,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cThey hadn\u2019t won a district game in their entire sports career.\u201d At 8-14, \u201cyou always want to do a little better,\u201d VanOrder said. \u201cThat\u2019s the way it goes.\u201d The win over Morley Stanwood \u201cwas definitely the highlight of the season for us,\u2019\u201d VanOrder said. \u201cThey were a 15-win team. We went out and proved that our conference was very competitive.\u201d Boyd, Lang and VanOrder are among the key seniors who graduate. It may not not have been his best season performance wise but it was from a leadership standpoint, VanOrder said. VanOrder will be playing baseball this spring for Evart. \u201cOur pitching will be a key,\u201d he said. \u201cWe lost both our pitchers from last year.\u201d Morgan took over the varsity basketball program about four weeks prior to the start of the season when Matt Alexander resigned to take a teaching job at Clare, He\u2019s looking forward to having full offseason to work with the 2012-13 team.