By: Gavin Bradley/Co-Sports Editor
Winter sports are now underway and each of the winter teams have high expectations for the season. Blue Ridge winter sports include Girl’s Basketball, Boy’s Basketball and Wrestling. With each of the sports teams making District playoffs, the coaches expect to reach that goal and more. Recently a winter sports banner has been placed in the high school gym, and the teams have nothing to show on the banner. The coaches want to change that.
Paula Finn, the head coach for the Girl’s Varsity Basketball who graduated from a Division 1 basketball school, St. John Fisher, has a good outlook on this season. Finn’s goal for the team is to compete for a League Championship. Coaches say some of the things they need to work on this season would include, playing together, being cohesive, fundamentals and especially, ball handling. They made it a point that teamwork, dedication, and commitment are key moral values the team has. The seniors on the team include Gwen MacConnell, Miranda Brulla, Abby Hartman, Emma Mangel, and Kaylnne Myers.
When asked about what players are going to a key to the team’s success Finn stated, “My seniors who have been here for four years. Some underclassmen too like Danie Goff and Anna Bonner”
We also asked her what the biggest rivalry of the season is going to be, she replied, “Elk Lake or Susquehanna. Those games always are down to the last few shots.”
As for the Boy’s Basketball team, head coach Casey Jenkins has similar goals. With the team losing the league last season, Jenkins is still looking to fight for a second chance. The coaching staff believes the squad needs to work on changing the pace of the game to their advantage and balancing the floor, using every available area. The coaching staff are firm believers in putting family before basketball. The team’s seniors include Gavin Bradley, Charlie Randall, and Misael Arzola-Velez.
We asked Jenkins who their biggest rivalry this year might be, to which he stated, “Susquehanna is always a big game for us cause they’re so close. But every game this year is going to be tough.”
As for the Wrestling head coach, Tim Esposito is looking to have a successful season. The team had a decent year last year, but is looking to make an even bigger mark this year. The team is fairly young with no seniors this year. Despite being young, they are still looking to fill up the empty banner that lies in the gym.
Senior Gavin Bradley is a first year writer. He is a member of the varsity basketball and soccer team, but has played all sports, he is also a former class president. Gavin is a DJ and enjoys politics.