As the boys’ basketball season came to an end, the coaches, Aaron Peirick and Johnny Viehland, as well as the players, reflected on their season. They thought about how well they did and what they could have done differently. These reflections are used to make the goals for next season.
Brady Kruse stated, “I think we greatly improved from the beginning of the year, and it was amazing to see the entire team bonding together and supporting each other after games.”
Even though the team didn’t do as well as they would’ve hoped, there was still improvement among team players. The coaches agreed that “the most improved player” was Brady Kruse. He made the big jump from JV player to varsity starter and was the leading scorer for several games.
Regarding this, Brady said,”I consider that quite an honor. I knew that I had improved, but not THAT much! I don't think I really did anything super unique. I just played quite a bit over the summer, worked out more than I had previously, tried my best in practice, and, possibly most important, I had constant support from all my teammates and coaches.”
There were some memorable highlights for the Shamrocks this season. The team agreed that winning the game against Russellville to win consolation in the South Callaway tournament was definitely the best game of the season.
When asked who he thought the standout player was, Coach Peirick answered, “Jared Horstmann was a guy who did everything we asked him to do and stepped out of his comfort zone every day. This year, I thought he really took on a leadership role for us, on and off the court. He was our most consistent player and he played a ton of minutes for us, often with difficult match-ups on the court. We had lots of guys that had good moments or games, but I think Jared was our best, most consistent player.”
When asked what he did differently this year, Jared Horstmann reported, “ I decided that I was a senior and the captain, it was time to start playing like it. I also had a problem coping with the fact that every game we played was a chance to be our last. That gave me an extra push during the end of the season.”
Good luck to the returning players for next season!