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Boys basketball mid-season update

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The team huddles before a play earlier this season.

The team huddles before a play earlier this season.

courtesy of Ryan McCaffery

courtesy of Ryan McCaffery

The team huddles before a play earlier this season.

Courtney Nielsen and Sean Jackson

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As the boys basketball team progresses through the season with a 3-5 record, they are beginning to find their stride after coming off of a three game winning streak. After a tough start to the season, the boys began to turn it around by working hard and being cooperative as a team.

“I think the biggest change was just that everyone bought into the concept of the team and really started trusting each other,” senior Ryan McCaffery said. “We started having tough practices and really playing hard and it showed us what we were capable of.”

One major difference from last season is a new coaching staff, led by head coach Scott Kallens. According to Kallens, the team took the necessary time to adjust and has now learned to thrive as a unit.

“With a new coaching staff and new philosophy it has taken some time for our players to begin feeling comfortable in a new system,” Kallens said. “But they work extremely hard every day and continue to motivate one another to the very best they can be. The players make me a better coach because they are such fine individuals and are so committed to working hard and not making excuses.”

The team has responded well to Kallens’s coaching style, trusting his advice to play hard and control what can be controlled without worrying about all else.

“Kallens is a great coach who always wants the best for us,” senior Aron Lauan said. “He motivates us to get better everyday and that’s the best you can ask for from a coach.”

As for the rest of the season, the goal of the team is to reach the highest level of ability to which it is capable by staying committed and continuing to put in hard work.

“I believe that we can compete with every team on our schedule and provided that we continue to work hard, hold each other accountable and remain focused on improvement and things we can control then there is no limit to what this team is capable of,” Kallens said.

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