As leaves are starting to fall, students are starting to ball. The 2016 basketball season started up for high school on November 16.
As the new season started, there were many changes for both teams. The boys’ lost six of their key players while the girls didn’t lose any. Even though the girls didn’t change much for the players, they gained two different coaches.
“I am looking forward to bonding with the girls and working hard at every practice together and hopefully making it to State,” sophomore Brittaney Smith said.
Basketball athletes had been working very hard for the upcoming season. After all the fall sports ended many players were in the gym in the mornings working with coach Kenny Eddy. Not only were they getting up early to try to prepare for the season, but many were involved in the open gym sessions that were held on Sundays. Many athletes were also lifting after school several days of the week.
“My expectations for the basketball season this year is for all the boys, including myself to work hard so that in the long run it pays off with us making it to State again,” senior Bryce McKennon.
Last year the boys made it to State for the first time in 20 years. They hope to continue that trend. The boys’ team has very high expectations, but the competition in 2A will be much more of a challenge for them to make it to the state tournament two years in row.
“My goal for this basketball season is to become closer with everyone every day and getting better and better every day,” junior Emily Estes said.
The girls’ came out of a tough season, going 3-19, and they are hoping to change that to a winning season. Not losing any seniors on the team helps gives the girls confidence to be more successful.
The first game is at home on December 4. They will take on the St. John Tigers.