Fayette boys basketball will look to improve themselves even more after going 15-9 last season.
“We have high expectations this year,” said coach Todd Mitchell of his Eagles. “We need to keep improving throughout the season and play up to our potential.”
A good core of players allows Mitchell to have such a positive outook on his team.
“We have a good group of kids coming back this year that are working hard and bring experience,” he said. “We are looking for a good inside/outside game that puts pressure on our opponent’s defense.”
The Eagles have four letter winners returning, three of which were all-league performers last season.
Alec Bost (honorable mention All-BBC), Joel Smith, Jerad Seiler (second team All-BBC, honorable mention all-district) and Tristen Bates (honorable mention All-BBC) return for the Eagles.
They add newcomers Tharyn Colegrove, Garett Reinking and Casen Burkholder.
“We need to improve our rebounding and overall defense to reach our goals this year,” said Mitchell on the weaknesses of his team. “We also need to knock down our free throws to give us the best opportunity to win each night.”
The Eagles must also replace the production left behind by Koby Biddix (first team All-BBC, honorable mention all-district), Skylar Lantz and Wade Burkholder.
With the experience they have returning the Eagles should compete for a BBC title. However, they know it will be a tough road to get to the top.
“Playing everyone twice in the league always makes for some good games. Every team is familiar with each other so you must come focused and ready to play every night,” said Mitchell of the BBC.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010