Malheur County high school basketball season kicks off

Vale's Gracee Jacobs sets up at the top of the key during a game against Melba Nov. 30. Area prep teams kicked off the 2018-2019 season last week. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser).

ONTARIO – Ontario boys’ basketball coach Kevin Attila could have every reason to feel deflated after his Tigers dropped two straight non-league games over the weekend.

The first-year coach, though, isn’t focused on the past but has already set his sights on the horizon.

The Tigers lost to Nampa 68-32 Friday and then watched a disciplined Fruitland squad post a 66-40 victory Saturday.

Attila said he saw a lot to be encouraged about in both games.

“I am so proud of my guys’ fight and competitive spirit,” said Attila.

Ontario’s Dallon Haueter finished the . . .