New class in session at MHS
A new coach and a new attitude.
It's a bit of a cliche in sports, but at Mclouth High, players are noticing a difference in the preseason.
Senior Andrew Booth talks about the team being more focused this season, while fellow senior Trevor Keling discusses the team accomplishing more in practice.
McLouth has seven seniors on this year's team -- Andrew Booth, Trevor Keling, Lance Lamborn, Spencer Lamborn, Danny Crouse, Dustin Rainey and Bryan Trujillo.
And, although Jason Schroeder is in his first season as head coach, he gained amiliarity with the program as an assistant for MHS last year under Chad Brown. The McLouth school board didn't offer Brown a coaching contract this season. Instead, the board put McLouth's future in the hands of Schroeder, a 2006 Kansas University graduate.
MHS lost key players last year, including Kevin Stewart. But many players return from a squad that finished 5-16 and nearly upset Wellsville in a Class 3A substate tournament quarterfinal game.
"Hopefully we just play with some more confidence this year," Schroeder said.
He said Jeff County North was his favorite to win the Delaware Valley League crown.
Schroeder comes into his first head-coaching job with a state high school title to his credit.
A 2001 graduate of Whitewater-Remington, Schroeder was the senior point guard on the team's 2A championship squad, which won the state title that year in Manhattan.
Schroeder said his players know about his accomplishment, but he never really mentions it this year.
"I don't use it too often," Schroeder said. "For me personally, it brings me confidence, most of them knew about it last year.
"I just stress working hard. I don't talk to them much about games yet, I just talk about us and getting better."