GOODLAND, Kan — After taking their lumps last season on the hardwood the Goodland boys basketball team expects to improve off of just one win a year ago.
“It was some what of a surprise”. said head coach Mikey Doll commenting on last season. “Because we had higher expectations, but at the end of the day it is what it was but I was proud that we continued to practice well and played our best ball at the end of the and that will benefit us this year.”
After a senior ladened group graduated two years ago the Cowboys practically started over last season playing an entire new lineup and guys had to learn and adjust to the speed and physicality of the varsity game.
“Getting up to speed was the biggest thing,” senior guard Henry Cole said.
But after a year of learning and another year of growth, both physically & mentally, the Cowboys seemed poised to make a jump. Coach Doll mentioned that all the guys who are going to be playing a good amount of minutes for them have spent a ton of time in the weight room and that should help them this year. And it is already starting to show in practice according to Doll as there has been great energy in practice and is hoping that transitions over to game time.
Key returners this year include senior Henry Cole who was an honorable mention guard last year for GHS after leading them in scoring. Also juniors Leyton Cure & Brennan Brumbaugh will be key cogs int he lineup. Brumbaugh was the team second leading scorer. Other kids expected to play a lot are Trevor Daise, Brock Mull, Andrew Trejo, Andy Wood & Matt Nemechek.
“The main goals here early on are to play with great energy and we need to be really good on the defensive end”, said Doll.
Goodland will open the 2019-20 season on the road at Syracuse this coming Friday.
You can catch all the games this season on 102-5 URock, nwskradio.com & the Rocking M App