Varsity basketball hopes to rebound next season

Gavin Litchfield, Staff Writer

As the season dwindles away, the boys’ varsity basketball team sits at a record of 3-13, making this its worst season in the last eight years. With seven seniors graduating from the team this year, the roster will look different next season.

The team will retain its two juniors, guard Adrian Delia and forward Chris Wood, who will have to take the reins of the team. The team is also expecting the return of sophomore Garrett Martin. Delia believes that he will take a leadership role next year.

“My role on the team right now is to hype up the team from the bench and when I go in to learn from my mistakes,” Delia said. “I believe my role next year as a senior will be much greater and that I will play a lot more and improve more.”

Delia spends most of the game on the bench currently, but he practices with the team almost every day in pursuit of improving his game.

Wood also plays a similar role on the team, going on to the court to learn from his more senior teammates. He hopes to step up next year and be a leader on the court.

“Next year I think I will have to play more of a scorer and facilitator role to help develop the younger talent coming up,” Wood said. “I also will be responsible for taking over some games when necessary.”

Wood said he is optimistic about next season.

“We have a lot of young talent coming up and a lot of our off-season will be spent getting them into tip-top shape for varsity level,” Wood said. “In the next few years to come, they can possibly make a run in districts.”

Delia also shares this optimism.

“I think the team may not be as great as years past because we are losing seven seniors,” Delia said. “But because there is no expectation I believe the team next year could surprise some people and we could win some games.”

A large vacancy will be left in the team from the departing seniors, leaving potential spots for junior varsity athletes. Sophomore Mathew Boucher has played for the JV for the past two years and believes he will make the cut and help change the fortunes of the team.

“I expect to be called up next year,” Boucher said. “And I hope to help the team get some dubs.”