Spirit of the Pioneer

BHS Student Newspaper 2008-09

Basketball Teams Dribble thru Another Year

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

The 2008-2009 basketball, team led by Coach Morrow, started conditioning after school began in August, which consisted of ball handling, transitions, and defensive drills during practice.

Keeping grades up is an important part of basketball. A 2.0 GPA average is required to stay an active player on the team. Junior Hunter Gallant said, “If I didn’t have good grades I couldn’t play. I wouldn’t know what to do.”

The Pioneer basketball players practice even in the off-season which runs from March into summer. The Lady Pioneers lifted weights three times a week and worked on fundamentals in the off-season. During basketball season, drills are more specific to the offenses and defenses.

“I don’t think I could actually find the words to express the feeling I would have for these young men,” commented Coach Morrow concerning his Pioneer team.

“As long as we move forward and make progress with each game, I’m satisfied.” stated Coach Stave.

Senior guard Ashton Sledge who has been playing basketball since he was five years old said, “I wouldn’t know what to do. Maybe I would take a vacation for a while, ha ha.”

Basketball is a high school activity that will help these student athletes in their future.

Junior Alex Davidson commented, “One thing that I learned from being a basketball player is teamwork. Working well with others will always be helpful. Being in basketball has really helped me learn how to deal with all types of people.”

Getting ready for a game is an important ritual for the players. Davidson said, “My iPod is a major need of mine. Music really gets me focused and pumped up. I try to block everything out and focus on the game. Praying before each game is also in my routine. God always relieves my stress and calms me down.”




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