Both boys and girls basketball seasons are swiftly approaching, as all of the fall sports wind down and come to a close. Both varsity boys and girls are looking forward to their winter sport season.
Boys and girls, freshmen through senior basketball athletes, have already been attending conditioning after school and have been practicing their skills before school. Coaches are getting their athletes ready for the upcoming season.
Girls varsity head coach Doug Peirick was asked how he felt about the upcoming season. He replied with, “We have 5 good quality players returning from last year’s 20-8 team, and I believe that as long as we stay free from injuries, we should and could have as good or better season than last year.”
Senior player Lauren Gerlemann has been an essential part of the varsity team since her sophomore year. She has been one of the leading scorers for New Haven these past two years. Lauren was asked how she feels about her last year being an athlete for the New Haven basketball program and if she plans to continue her basketball career outside of high school.
She stated, “I'm sad that this is my last year, but I'm also excited to see what the future season brings. I do not plan to continue my basketball career outside of high school.”
Boys varsity head coach Aaron Peirick was also asked how he feels with his upcoming season. His response was, “I'm excited to see how good we can be. I thought we had a pretty good summer and played some pretty good basketball. We got plenty of varsity experience returning and guys coming up from the JV that are ready to contribute at the varsity level. We have a little bit of everything: athletic guys, smart guys, long guys, quick guys, strong guys, and dirty work guys.”
He continued: “We do need to fill some leadership roles on our team-- that is one hole that was left by graduation. We should be able to score inside and out and maybe even get into transition a little more than we have here lately. We have several things we need to work on but I'm excited to see how good we can be by February, especially if we can stay healthy. If we can work consistently at a high level, day in and day out, we could surprise some people.”
Senior player Aiden Bailey was asked how he feels about his last year as an athlete on the basketball team. He commented, “I think that this year is going to be a good one. We can't change how the season ended last year, but we can make a lot of improvements to make sure it doesn't happen again. We have a pretty good squad of guys coming back and I have high expectations for us this year. We have a great shot at winning districts and we aren't going to be pleased if we don't succeed.”
New Haven coaches are getting their players ready for their upcoming season, both hoping for an even better season than before.