It’s that time of year again when volleyball and cross country season are ending and basketball is just beginning. I’m here to get the inside scoop on how these first few practices with new coach Jordan Willimann have been going and what predictions some of the players have for this season.
I’m here with Logan Williams an 8th grade player who I’m sure has got a lot to say about this season.
First question. How long have you been playing basketball for?
“ Well, I started in kindergarten, so about 9 years”
What predictions do you have for how this season is going to go?
“ I think our record is going to be around 6 and 4 (6 wins to every 4 losses).”
Next up is Jacob Alvarez who is also an 8th grade player.
Is there a team you’re excited to play against? And if so why?
“ Union. Because in past years we always got blown out by them.”
Do you have any predictions for how this year is going to go?
“ We win some, we lose some, that’s just how it is. Also that's not a quote from me, I’d just like to make that known.”
Mr. Willimann, is the new boys' basketball coach, as well as the middle school math and PE teacher. He is most excited about working with the players and helping them improve their games. He said that he loves playing, talking, and watching basketball so he's excited to coach it this year. He said it is also fun to work with students on the court outside of the classroom.
When asked if he had any predictions for the year Mr. Willimann said, "We have several players who are playing for the first time. I predict that they are going to see a lot of improvements over the course of our season. We definitely have a lot to learn still. So, as a team we may have a slow start, but I predict we’ll be playing well after our first couple of games."
Mr. Willimann has previously coached middle school basketball for three years at his previous school in Columbia. Throughout college, he also was a coach and skills trainer for youth basketball programs in St. Louis.
Good luck to the Shamrock team this year! Their first home game is Thursday, November 16, at 6:00 pm against Bourbon. It is also "Pack the Gym" night with the theme of "Hunting for a Win!" Middle school Student Council members encourage students to wear their favorite camo colors (and green!) to cheer the team on to victory!