Senior players anticipate exciting new season

Makayla Mais, Staff Writer

Fall sports seasons have come to a close, and making room for winter sports. After a successful boys basketball season last year, this year’s boys will have some big shoes to fill. After the loss of four seniors, Coach Jared Wallace has high expectations.

“We should have a better squad this year,” said Wallace. “This group of seniors will have to step up to fill the void. Every year we have new seniors, and they have to step up, be leaders, and fill the place of last year’s seniors.”

Last season, Wallace lost senior point guard Jesse Chamberlain, senior guard Michael Maybee, senior guard Dakota Geromini, and senior forward Mark Larsen.

Senior Randall Sherman also has high expectations.

“I expect the season to go well. We should win a lot of games this year, and it should be a pretty exciting year for everybody watching,” said Sherman.

Difficulties and needed improvements are also becoming noticed as the season is beginning.

“We need to improve our chemistry with non starters,” said senior guard/forward Bailey Jelinek.

“As a team we need to get better on defense and rebounding,” said senior forward Joey Cooner.

Seniors Sherman, Cooner, and Jelinek shared their expectations for their senior year.

“I don’t really think the year will be different, just maybe more exciting because it’s the last year of my high school basketball career, and I want to go out on a good note,” said Sherman.

“I think the season will be different because I’ll be more experienced than last year,” said Jelinek.

“I don’t know if the season is going to be any different for me individually but I know the seniors are going to work as hard as they can to win a district championship,” said Cooner.

“We play a tough schedule, there’s no give me games,” said Wallace. “Am I excited about the new season? Yes.”

Last season, Cooner averaged 9.2 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 points per game. He was honorable mention All-Conference. Jelinek averaged 6.9 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Sherman averaged 26.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game. He was also first team All-Conference, first team All-District, and first team All -Area. Sherman also is the all-time scoring leader, and joined the 1,000 point club early in his junior year. He is currently at 1,700 points, and is expected to pass 2,000 points.