Every team knows it is hard to lose a star. The Leesville boys basketball team will find out just how hard it is this upcoming season after graduating Harrison George.
“Losing [Harrison] is going be hard, he contributed a lot to the team last year,” said Jacob Fragnito, junior. “We’re going to be fine though, preseason workouts are going good.”
The Pride is coming off an upstart 13-13 season, the best in several years. The Pride is hoping to rely on senior leadership from players such as Grayson Hawkins to build on last season.
“Enloe is going to be a big game,” Hawkins said. The Eagles, who won 20 games last season, are the Pride’s conference opener on December 11.
“Beating Enloe would give us a huge confidence boost on the season, and we would immediately have a better chance of contending for the conference title” said Tony Woods, another returning senior.
The Pride has two new coaches on the team as well, Coach Sborski and Coach Todd, who are bringing change with them. “We’re working a lot more on shooting this year than in years past,” noted Quinton Marshall, junior.
Overall, the Pride is expecting a rebuilding year, but the players and coaches are full of confidence heading into their season opener against Apex on November 20, where they expect the Loonies to support them in full force.
Will Bennett is a remarkable staff writer who was recruited from his early days. In fact, before Bennett could even speak, the Mycenaean took serious interest in him. While many consider this practice to be unethical, the Leesville editors disagree. Alex Stewart claims that his contributions to the staff have been “Pullitzer Prize” worthy.
In addition to his writing, Bennett enjoys animals, Freshberry Frozen Yogurt, Hip-hop music, and long walks on the beach. He can often be found on his seaside estate composing original music, writing moving poetry, and balling with old basketball greats like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.