GOODLAND, KS — After having one of their best seasons in recent history in Mikey Doll’s first season as head coach going 14-9, the Goodland Cowboys have not been able to come even close that same success. Even if you were to combine the last two seasons.
Goodland has gone just 4-38 combined in the last two seasons. After winning just one game in the 2018-19 season the Cowboys were able to pick up three wins last season. Two wins coming against Burlington twice and then taking down Scott City in the regular season finale, in overtime.
Two seasons ago, Goodland could say that inexperience was the main reason that led to it only winning a single contest. But last season, with a majority of its team returning from the past season, GHS could only improve its win total by two.
According to teams top returning player in senior Brennan Brumbaugh the main reason for lack of success has been “lack of Fire.”
“I think that if we (play with more fire), we can win a lot more games.”
Goodland was certainly a team last season that struggled to put together a compete four-quarter game with usually one quarter being the difference between being in a game late or not and winning and losing. And that will all have to start on the defensive end coach Doll, in his fourth year, said.
Brumbaugh, who was the team’s second leading scorer (13 PPG) & leading rebounder (6 PPG) last year, is one of the biggest reasons the team could see a win improvement. The 6-foot-5 senior has worked hard to develop a driving element to his game to go along with his 42-percent three point shooting from a year ago. And has play a lot of summer ball with the Western Kansas Elite.
Including Brumbaugh this may be one of the most experienced teams in western Kansas with five guys combining to have played in 30-plus varsity games, and starting in 18 or more of them. Brumbaugh himself has started a majority of the games since his sophomore year and leads the team in starts with 41 under his belt.
Other key pieces back are three solid posts in the athletic Leyton Cure, who was the teams second leading rebounder, Trevor Daise who was the team second leading rebounder & third leading scorer & the hard working Estevan Ordonez. Junior Matt Nemechek is back as well, who has also played a lot in his first two years and was one of the teams top three point shooters at 41-percent last year.
Other guys who could play key rolls include: Aniol Majoral, the Spaniard who has the knack for making highlight passes. Brock Mull, who has played in 30-plus games as mostly a defensive specialist. Plus some new varsity faces in 6-5 sophomore Devontay Hardy & freshmen Cole Linton & the lightening quick Manny Gonzalez.
It will take quite a few players to help replace former GWAC second teamer in Henry Cole who has graduated after leading GHS in scoring the last two years but coach Doll thinks they could be better for it.
“We just have a lot of depth and that is going to push us in practice and make sure we get better every single day,” Doll said.
Goodland will open their season at home Friday December 4th hosting Syracuse a team they lost to last season, 53-49.
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