Boys have new look but ready to make a run
The Community R-VI Trojans will have a new look this season after losing its starting five plus one key player off the bench from a team that won 23 games.
Gone due to graduation are Clay and Lane Thebeau, Connor Brooks, Kyle Curtis, Brandon Arens, and Doug Davenport after winning back-to-back district titles.
The Trojans were also runner-up in the EMO Conference to Bowling Green. This year’s squad will be led by Anthony Fairchild, who did see some time on the court last year and gained valuable experience.
Other key players include Jamie Householder, Gatlin Curtis, Gage Graves, Matt Gastler, Cordell Hollensteiner, and Bobby Jett.
“(We) will count on players from a successful JV team,” said Community R-VI head coach Ken Jett.
Jett expects his team to be getting better by the end of the year and competing for a district title.
Offensively, Jett said the scoring will be spread out.
“We have five or six kids who can score with the basketball so it’s going to be a little different look for us,” Jett added.
Defensively, Jett said his team isn’t as big as it has been but will switch up defenses a bit more this year.
Lady Trojans seek a three-peat
The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team has a lot of high expectations after returning all but one player from a team that won back-to-back district titles and finished with a school record-tying 20 wins.
Returning this year includes outstanding seniors Samm Jett and Danielle Brooks. They are joined by Alissa Curtis, Chelsea Hoyt, Dani Jackson, and Rebecca Hagan. Freshman Delanie Windmann provided a spark for the squad over the Summer and may see some time in the lineup this year.
“I think the first thing we’ve talked about is the chance to three-peat as district champs,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis. “The group is pretty goal oriented. We’ve hit 20 wins, three times and they would like to try to surpass that….We’d like to three-peat as district champs and compete at conference…We have pretty lofty goals but this is a veteran team that has been there.”
Offensively, Bob Curtis said Brooks, Jett, and Alissa Curtis are likely to carry the load while other players are also capable of scoring in double digits.
“I feel like we’ll have good balance,” Bob Curtis said. “I feel like a lot of attention will be on Samm and she’ll be able to distribute and get some other guys some quality looks.”
Defensively, the team will be quick with five guards on the floor.
“We are small but you are going to have to run with us,” Bob Curtis noted. “I think full court pressure is something we’re going to do a lot of.”
Coach Curtis said his team will be focusing on not getting outrebounded due to his smaller lineup.
He said the team got a good preview over the Summer on life without graduate Samantha Jackson, who was the team’s defensive specialist last season. The first game is in Sturgeon on November 20 followed by its first home game on Tuesday, November 24 against rival Wellsville.