With a roster boasting seven seniors, the Warriors boy’s basketball team is ready to contend again this season.
“Last year we were bitten by the injury bug. That being said, we still had 14 wins and should have been able to close out four more wins if not for trouble at the free throw line,” said head coach Rich Emmons.
The Elk Lake grad, who is in his third year as head coach of the Tribe, said of this season, “As the season progresses I look for us to get to a level that we can compete in the division every night. Our league, as a whole, will be a little stronger this year as every team has a large group of seniors and juniors.”
Losing five seniors doesn’t seem to be a problem for Elk Lake, as coach Emmons and assistant coach Ray Lasher are focusing on improving communication, ball movement, and player movement at practice.
“The fact that we are returning our seniors, six of them with plenty of varsity experience under their belt, is a strength,” commented Emmons. He added that height and depth will be challenges that the Warriors squad will face.
Emmons is ready for what the Lackawanna League will throw at him.
He said, “We have a tough exhibition schedule with Carbondale from Division 3 of the Lackawanna League, and big schools in Tunkhannock and Wallenpaupack. We finish up before Christmas break with a tough Saturday game at Northeast Bradford who returns everyone from last year.”
“The ability to work as a group will always outweigh what someone can accomplish as an individual. A group of five like minded people on a basketball court can accomplish almost anyone of their goals,” he pointed out.
The Warriors play in the Mike “Red” Wallace gym in the high school, and open their season in the Red Wallace Game at Carbondale on Friday, Dec. 7.
Roster: Seniors Nate Preston, Hunter Bomboy, Joe McAleer, Kyle Vanderfeltz, Kevin Valvano, Adam Anderson, and Jake Kelley. Juniors Jason Boyer, Mitchell Schwarztrauber, Brandt Marshall, and Alex Bradish. Sophomores Gavin Bunnell, Casey Kajola, Dan McGee, and Kyle Bradish. Freshmen Jake Gustin, Trever Graham, Matthew Mowry, Caden Ramey, and Nate Warriner.
Schedule: Dec. 7 at Carbondale (Red Wallace Game), 6 p.m.; Dec.10 vs.Tunkhannock, 6 p.m.; Dec. 12 vs. Wallenpaupack, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 17 at Wyalusing, 6 p.m.; Dec. 22 at Northeast Bradford, 6 p.m.; Dec. 27-28 at Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament at Montrose HS; Jan. 2 at Lackawanna Trail, 6 p.m.; Jan. 4 vs. Lakeland, 6 p.m.; Jan. 8 at Susquehanna, 6 p.m.; Jan. 11 at Mountain View, 6 p.m.; Jan. 15 vs. Forest City; Jan. 18 at Montrose, 6 p.m.; Jan. 19 vs. Towanda 1 p.m.; Jan. 22 vs. Blue Ridge, 6 p.m.; Jan. 25 vs. Lackawanna Trail, 6 p.m.; Jan. 29 at Lakeland, 6 p.m.; Feb. 1 vs. Susquehanna, 6 p.m.; Feb. 5 vs. Mountain View, 6 p.m.; Feb. 8 at Forest City, 6 p.m.; Feb. 12 vs. Montrose, 6 p.m.; Feb. 14 at Blue Ridge, 5:30 p.m.