With the high school winter sports season warming up, the Lakewood boys basketball team will look to reload after a strong run last year.
Last season the Cougars came out with a lot of experience as they had eight seniors on their varsity roster. Their ability to hit the ground running proved to be a huge advantage as they started the year with five consecutive wins. In the end, they finished with a 10-3 league record, 16-7 overall, and lost two games in the 2A District Tournament to end their season.
“We get to start from a different point than we did last year. I think we can immediately get into focusing on smaller details rather than bigger picture things. We had a lot of seniors last year, but our underclassmen played a lot of minutes, so going into this year our expectations are high,” said Lakewood Head Coach Anthony Wiederkehr II.
Even with the loss of eight seniors, Lakewood returns three players who played significant minutes in the lineup last season.
In the backcourt, senior Machai Harris and junior Alex Jensen will look to use their speed and create space for the rest of their team. They will also take advantage of their ability to shoot from range, in order to put up points quickly, when it is needed.
In the frontcourt, senior Alex Coleman comes back as the only big man with varsity experience on the roster. Coleman will need to use his size and athleticism in order to dominate the paint and capitalize on second-chance opportunities.
Jackson Schultz is the only other player returning from last year’s varsity roster. From the guard position he will be in rotation and play a significant role in the leadership of an inexperienced squad.
“You can’t be content with just being good, you have to push yourself every day in order to be great. Expectations will be high because last year we hadn’t proven anything to anyone yet. After finishing near the top of the conference and having a successful season, we will get everyone’s best game,” said Coach Wiederkehr.
You can come out and support Lakewood at their first home game, which will be against the Stanwood Spartans on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:15 p.m.