On Monday, October 30, Leesville men’s basketball held their tryouts after months of preparation and hard work for a long awaited season. The boys all eager to begin the season met in the gym to showcase their skill.
Russ Frazier, head coach, finally made up his mind and chose 12 boys to consist of the 2017-2018 men’s varsity basketball team. The gentlemen are looking forward to an excited season against new competitors that make up the newly constructed Cap-7.
Coming off a remarkable season last year, the boys have a reputation to uphold. “Hopefully this year we can win the Cap-7 now and make a repeat and go back to the state championship,” said Cole Stinson, senior. But it won’t be easy.
“There is basically a whole new team this year. We lost our two leaders Jonathan Mebane and Alex Hunter. Now, people have to step up and become leaders themselves,” said Jalen Benjamin, junior. With Mebane and Hunter gone, the team had to rebuild its chemistry by taking in new players and construct a new playing platform.
Many students look forward to basketball season as it is a huge change after football season. Although it gives students another outlet to hang out and support the Pride, it is a different experience. Students are more engaged in the game because they are more up close and personal with the players. This makes it more fun for some and also gets the players and fans riled up, creating a wild, loonie atmosphere in the gym.
This year students will pack the gym in hopes of encouraging their Pride basketball players to another shot at the state championship. Come out and support your Loonies at their first regular season game on November 15 away at Hillside High School.