Sherman High School said goodbye to most of last year’s Boys’ Varsity basketball starting players at graduation, but Coach Chris Duncan is confident that the remaining players will carry the Tide into a very competitive season.
“We have some tough games and expect our players to be competitive against all of them,” Duncan said. “All players returning saw a lot of playing time with either JV (Junior Varsity) or Varsity last season, so we hope that experience will pay off.”
Sherman’s JV only lost one game last year, Duncan said, so he hopes the kids’ winning mentality will carry over to the Varsity competition this year. “We will play hard and do the best we can each night to give our fans something to cheer about,” he said. “We would like to invite everyone to our home games especially and have the gym full each night because the players feed off the emotion from the crowd.”
Sherman has many important home games on the schedule, including competitors such as Van, Man, Montcalm, and Scott, Duncan said.
The Tide’s returning Varsity players include Blake Nelson, Caleb Duncan, C.J. Layton, Jake Maynor, Bailey Kirk and Tyler Craig. Stepping up from last year’s JV will be Blaine Hensley, Hunter Anderson, Tyler Pettry, and Will Hensley. Luke Skeens is returning for his senior year after taking a year off, and senior Logan Kauff is joining the team for the first time. Rounding out the team are Austin Cooper, Braden Jarrett, Eric Maloskey, Hunter Breeden and Tucker Martin.
Assistant Coach David Henderson commended the team’s effort and chemistry in playing together as well as each individual’s abilities. “Each player brings different skills to the team, but they all bring intensity,” he said. “They really get after it and try to make each other better. This makes practices very competitive and enjoyable.”
Stats: Jacob Woodrum.