Boys’ basketball hopes to improve on last season

Drew Greene

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With new players and a fresh season ahead, the boys basketball team is striving to surpass all expectations. After a mediocre 11-11 season last year, the team is trying to improve. Coach Justin Hayes, in his second year with the team, is hoping to finish high in the standings.
“I’m hoping we can finish in the top 4 in the region, which I know we can do,” Coach Hayes said.
The team has several returning players, including seniors Tim Wetmore, Jim Coulter, and Chris Dean. With each of them coming back for their final year, they are sure to have much influence on how the season goes.
“I’m excited for in my final season for Deep Run and building other relationships I’ve made in the basketball community,” said senior Chris Dean.
Last season, the team faced a large amount of difficult competition, including Highland Springs and Henrico. Additionally, they lost against Godwin twice, possibly the most important games emotionally for the players. Hoping to avenge the results of last year, Coach Hayes believes that the rivalry games will be a struggle to win. However, he thinks that Godwin won’t be the most difficult.
“Godwin will always be hard because of the rivalry, but our hardest opponent will be ourselves. If we can keep from getting in our own way, we should be OK,” Coach Hayes said. The team was left empty-handed last season, winning no trophies. Because of this, they are striving to get better and bring one back to put in the trophy case. Despite the importance of winning games, Coach Hayes thinks that the season is about more than basketball.
“Our main goals for the season are to play the best basketball that we can with the players we have, do the right things on and off the court, and represent Deep Run to the fullest. If we do these things, we can have fun and win some games in the process,” Coach Hayes said. The team’s first home game takes place on Wednesday, December 6, against Hermitage.
They face Godwin away on Friday, December 8, and at home on Friday, January 19.

Boys’ basketball hopes to improve on last season