The boys’ basketball team’s returning core of players has fans hopeful about a run to State.
By Emma Blomme, Kamara Jager, and Ashlin Tines
Does the boy’s basketball team at Central have a shot at State this year? “This year we have a really good shot at State,” says head coach TJ Hay, “if we keep getting better every practice and stay away from injuries.” Regarding his varsity line-up, Hay says, “We start three juniors and two seniors; four of the five are returning starters from the majority of the season last year.” He mentioned that two of the juniors, Micah Swallow and Kohl Meisman, have started for varsity since they were sophomores.
Hay expects to face strong competition this year. “Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Huron, and Stevens are probably going to be our toughest games,” he says, “but there are no easy games in AA basketball, so we will prepare for every game with intensity.” Many people agree with everything Coach Hay has said, especially when he said he has faith in the line-up to get to state.
The players recognize the potential on the team. “If we are dedicated and work hard, we can go far into the season,” says Cydell Patton a sophomore, in reference to the varsity squad. Patton has his eye on the Stevens games. “We have played them before, and they have always put up a fight for us.”
Fans are hopeful as the year begins. “I think we will be better than last year,” says Amarion Sailer, a sophomore. “Micah, Julian [Swallow], and Kohl have gotten better, and they are going to carry us.”
The boys play a pair of games this weekend, hosting Mitchell on Friday at 7:00pm and Huron Saturday at 1:30pm.
Photo courtesy of the boys’ basketball Facebook page