Junior high boys team opens season Tuesday
Tip-off comes against Gardner Wheatridge
After waiting through December for its season to begin, the Tonganoxie Junior High School boys basketball team is gearing up for its first game, Tuesday against Gardner Wheatridge. The team's first post-holiday practice will be today.
Following its three pre-holiday practices, the team's roster stood at 33 seventh-graders and 35 eighth-graders.
Assistant Coach Bill Shaw said that number was about normal.
"One year we had 50-some eighth-graders out, but that was pretty high," he said. "This year looks pretty good, and that's important in the junior high level we stress participation a lot."
Though it's tough to assess a team's strengths and weaknesses after only three practices, Shaw said the team's lack of height was one thing that could be measured in such a short time.
"But we'll just have to make up for that with speed and quickness," he said.
Coach Larry Percy said he was fairly confident that the players had that kind of spread.
"I think this group could press," Percy said. "I know we've got some athletes on this team, but we'll have to see how well that translates to the court."
Besides Shaw and Percy, the Junior high team is coached by Mark Mall and David Crook.
Tip-off for Tuesday's game is 4 p.m.