Boys Basketball off To a Great Start

 

Staff Writer: Carter Maczko

Lead story: Coach Clark and the varsity basketball team are coming off an incredible season last year where they reached the furthest any team from basketball team in Woodstock history. With Coach Clark changing the program around after having a losing record for years and years before he came, he has led the team to a winning record in all three of his years here and has sent multiple players to play basketball at a collegiate level. With a good starting record of 5-2 and a great senior core, the Wolverines are looking at a great chance to beat how far the team last year got.

In case you missed it: In a thrilling overtime victory over Sequoyah 85-80, the Wolverines were trailing the whole game and came back from a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to send it to overtime. There were five players that scored in double digits in the win, Dylin Hardeman scoring 26, Noah Frith with 22, and Sid Mesumbe, Will Allen, and Bryce Clark tallying in 10 points each.

Wolverine of the month: Dylin Hardeman is having a breakout senior season while leading the team in points per game with 22.5, while also shooting 88 percent from the free throw line. He shows great leadership during the games and off the court. He committed to Columbus State before the season and that has pushed him to have a great season.

Quotable: When asking Junior Chris Carroll about the season and why they are having so much success, he said, “We really have done a great job buying into coach’s system after we lost several key players last year. We knew we would have to do something different. It’s very hard to lose this many seniors as we did and bounce back like we have been, but we all just followed coaches lead.” And when asked about what they need to do more off to stay successful, he said, “We really need to work on playing as a team, we need to continue to build as one and we will get where we need to be.”

Off the field: Before the season started the team had a little bonding activity while painting one of the coach’s fences, it really let the players get to know everyone else on the team. Another activity the team did off the court was the turkey day 5k run. On Thanksgiving Day, the team hosted a 5k to raise money to buy families turkey. It was a great bonding experience for the team.

By the numbers: On Nov. 18, Hardeman scored a school-record 43 points in a win over River Ridge. He scored 43 of his team’s 63 points in that big win. Fellow senior Sid Musumbe has taken 11 charges and is shooting 100 percent from the free throw line this year.

Looking ahead: The basketball team is hosting a game on Dec. 16 that is SpainStrong night. This is a night to honor the loss of Chris Spain, a local youth basketball coach and the father to senior Mike Spain. The team has started the Chris Spain Memorial Scholarship Fund. That is a scholarship given each year to a boys and girl basketball player. There is also a big holiday tournament Dec. 28-30 at Campbell Highschool.

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