The boys’ basketball team hits the hardwood for its first game tonight, Dec. 2, at Leo. The first home game for the basketball team is next Tuesday against Lakewood Park. “It is going to be a lot of fun; it’s a great group of guys. I feel like if we grind it out together, we are going to have a successful season,” said senior Rylie Schane. Coach Singrey, looking ahead to the season’s beginning, said, “Getting to spend time with the players that have worked hard all year long, who now get the opportunity to compete and finish, is what I’m looking forward to.” Singrey’s main goal for the season is to get better every day, and to control what they [the team] can control.
“Rylie Schane, Abram Beard, and Walter Knapke are our returning varsity contributors. We will rely on them, along with our seniors Ryan Sprague and Malcolm Smith to be our leaders,” said Coach Singrey. All great teams are led by great coaches, and Singrey stated that “My entire coaching staff is returning this year. They have been a great help throughout the past year in establishing our program.”
The coaching staff has implemented a new practice strategy in preparation for the season, as Coach Singrey shared, “We have implemented playing music during parts of practice. This has been fun but also helps with our communication as well.”
The captains for the team this year are Abram Beard and Malcolm Smith. “They have exemplified the character expected in our program,” said the coach.
What is the main focus on defense and offense this year for our boys? Coach Singrey said, “We work hard at being tough and disciplined on the defensive end. We want to protect the paint and rebound. Nothing easy! On offense we focus on being fundamentally sound. We want to take care of the ball and get a good shot each possession.”
When asked what his players mean to him, coach Singrey shared, “The players mean everything to me. No one has a better understanding of how hard these guys work than I do. We push our players to be their best on and off the floor. Not many people are willing to commit to being their absolute best. I appreciate all they do and know that it will pay off for them in the future. The process works, and that’s the best part about coaching.”
Tonight at Leo, game time for the JV is 6:00, and the varsity will begin at 7:30. The team then prepares for a string of four straight home games, with Lakewood Park Christian (Dec. 6), Bellmont (Dec. 10), South Adams (Dec. 16), and Churubusco (Dec. 20), before a break for the holidays.
Article by Caleb Ridenour and Kaleb Feipel
2015 photo by Andrea Mourey