The boys basketball team is starting the season with a new coach and new team goals. The Charger interviewed seniors Tanner Imthurn and Connor Brown about the upcoming season.
How many people do you have going out on the team this year, and how is it spread out between classes?
Tanner: It’s like 20 something. I think there are more underclassmen.
Connor: I would say it’s evenly distributed between classes.
How is this year going to be different with a new coach, and what are you looking forward to about it?
Tanner: [Looking forward to] Meeting some of the goals that we set as a team earlier in the season.
Connor: We have a lot more plays this year than we did last year. We have a whole new offense. I’m looking forward to our first game and seeing how well we apply our practices in the game.
What are some team goals for this year?
Tanner: We want to give up less points than we ever have on defense before in past years.
Connor: Less than 45 points.
Tanner: We’re trying to out rebound the other team by 10 and give the other team less second chances.
Connor: Working together on the court, and no bickering.
Tanner: Always have a positive energy.
What will be some of the challenges you think the team will face this year?
Tanner: One of the challenges is that we don’t really have a big kid that’s also tall. So we might struggle a little bit on the inside.
Connor: I think the only thing that’s going to beat us is ourselves.
What do you think are the most important games this year?
Connor: I think they’re all important.
Tanner: That’s what I would say, I think they’re all equally important.
Connor: If we can win all of our league games, they’re pretty important.
What do you think are some community expectations for the team this year?
Tanner: Have a winning record, and make some kind of run into sub-state and state.
The team starts the season on tonight at home against Axtell and plays at home Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Wabaunsee Invitational.