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GCHS freshmen team wins district

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By Ryan Naus

The GCHS freshmen boys’ basketball team earned the district championship to end the 2008-09 season.

The team worked hard to develop their skills and were eager to learn from their coach, Tyler Jones.

“I wanted my boys to develop as a team and also as young men,” Jones said. “They were very eager to learn and worked extremely hard to accomplish their goals. They are an exceptional group of young men that rallied together.”

The Braves finished the season 17-3, developing the desire to win as the season went along.

“The season was a success,” Jones said. “I enjoyed my first season as a coach and developing relationships with my boys. This group started to expect to win every game they played, instead of hoping to win.”

Jones lists Mario Coleman, DJ Yaeger, Jalen Kinmon, Jonathon Robbins, Trevor Hunt and Austin Bishop as players to watch in the future.

Williamstown’s freshmen boys’ team finished the year with a record of 7-7, learning the game as the season progressed.

“We improved across the board,” coach Tim Moore said. “I believe the kids improved defensively, as a team. We improved with our rotations and with seeing the floor. I feel our bench play improved throughout the season. We had first-year players that stepped up and contributed late in the year.”

Moore tried to impress the importance of always working hard to his players and believes they learned the lesson, while having fun at the same time.

Moore believes Andrew Hurley, Jake McKinley, Colton Simpson, Harrison Whaley, Ben Piercefield, Austin Anglin, Brandon Cox and Isaac Alger are players with bright futures.

Williamstown’s freshmen girls’ team ended their season 0-6, but their season was more about getting younger players some time on the court to develop their game.

“Our expectations were to give the younger JV players some quality playing time to improve them for next season and come out with some wins,” coach Stacey Montgomery said. “We didn’t have any wins but we definitely met our expectations by giving our players more game time experience.”

Susan Northcutt and Alex Prokopchak are two players to watch, but any player has the chance to improve if they continue working during the off-season, according to Montgomery.

Grant County’s freshmen girls’ team finished the season 4-5, with several players making a contribution to the varsity team.

“This season was an excellent opportunity to watch kids grow and develop into better basketball players,” coach Sonia Guffey said. “The schedule was shorter than normal, but this allowed this group more practice time and gave them a great opportunity to increase their basketball skills. We showed much progression defensively. Our man-to-man skills improved drastically, as did our general understanding of the game.”

Guffey believes that Erica Stith, Morgan McClure and Billie Hearn are players with bright futures.

(Look in next week’s Grant County News for a junior varsity wrapup.)