After graduating matchup players such as Michael Fox, Evan Miller and Matt Wanbaugh, this years’ seniors are itching to now become leaders on the court.
The end of last year saw a shooting-arm injury for Miller and Fox reached the 1,000 points milestone, leaving the program open to possibilities for both success and a changeup of defensive tendencies.
“Our outlook for this year is to try to win as many games as possible,” Coach Steve Schmehl said. “These guys are ready to be back and we have some good experience, so it’s just up to them.”
Seniors Stone McCreary and Austin Huson are both anxious and excited to be back out there again. One of the biggest strategies the boys plan to execute this year is pushing the ball out and away from their side of the court.
“I’d say a lockdown defense is my strongest point,” Huson said.
Coach Schmehl agrees stretching the defense is key. “We’ll play hard; and offensively we want to avoid turning the ball over.”
Forward McCreary poses a threat with his strong net presence and his agile ability to remain hidden in the corners of the court before sneaking in and scoring three point shots.
The starting lineup shows bright potential, especially from juniors Bennett Frey, Wyatt Tyson and 6’3” Jason Rebuck. Frey and Tyson successfully stepped up last year as scorers and guards, adding depth to plays. The experience they gained as young varsity players will be evident during this campaign.
The two seniors, are “looking forward to going out with a bang,” according to Huson.
“I really like those nights when the gym is just packed,” McCreary said. “Being able to showcase what we’ve got and playing those big games.”
The seniors last season helped bring the team to the first round of districts, so the goal remains to go as far into post season as possible.