The Paoli boys basketball season is just around the corner with high expectations set for this years group of boys. For the past two weeks, the boys have been in the gym preparing for the upcoming season. The team lost no seniors from last year but moved up five seniors this year, causing expectations to be set high for their final season.
Returning seniors include Dawson Easterday, Dietrich Sears, Garrett Vincent, Mitchell Radcliff and Jacob Babcock.
“Expectations are extremely high this season. An entire roster returns from a 15 win team from a year ago,” said varsity coach Dusty Cole.
Many players this season are projected to do very well, considering the team has multiple players who will be scorers.
“We have multiple kids that can score this year. That will certainly be a strength. I think we will have 5-6 kids average close to double figures,” said Cole.
Though a successful season is expected, the boys will have to be able to work as a team as well as stay healthy to reach their full potential. This season, the Rams will play a good schedule with tough competitors including Henryville, Salem and North Harrison.
“To be honest, we will have a target on our back every night. Beating Paoli this season will be a really big win for multiple teams on our schedule. We will take everyone’s best shot, and we must be prepared and willing to accept that challenge,” said Cole.
Lapel was alse added to the schedule this season for a game that will be played in The Hoosier Gym located in Knightstown, Indiana.
This group of players is eager for a great season to begin with their first game on December 1 at Henryville. Come out and support the Rams as they begin what they hope to be a great season.
“I really like this group of young men this year. They work hard, are very unselfish and represent the school well. We have a lot of great student-athletes right now that are good role models for our younger kids,” said Cole.
The team will open up their season against the Clarksville Generals at PHS tomorrow, November 18, at 7 p.m.
Story by Maggie Vincent