Cutthroats ready to cut loose
Express Staff Writer
In his 20th
year as head coach of The Community School boysí basketball team, Mike
Wade sounds like a kid with a new toy.
root of his glee? A team which goes really, really fast.
is maybe the fastest team I have ever had. We have good speed,"
Wade said. "This is one of those rare times I get to coach kids in
a faster game and I am not going to miss the chance. I think it will be
more fun for the kids and for me."
kill on a court. It allows a team to press and wear down its opponent on
defense, and ideally creates more turnovers sparking a transition
squad went 11-11 and finished third in the Northside Conference
tournament after losing to Dietrich 77-73 in triple overtime. The
2001-02 Cutthroats, paced by high scorer Adrian Charbonnet (13.1 ppg.)
averaged 53.9 points offensively and surrendered 54.0 defensively.
think overall we will have a stronger team this year," Wade
remarked. "We have some experienced and motivated players who are
returning and some new players who are going to help us."
captain is 6-1 senior wing/post Ethan Weston who averaged 5.8 points per
game last season and earned Honorable Mention for the Northside
wing Bret Watson is another returning player, who is coming off a
terrific soccer season.
is a good all-around player who is really motivated," Wade
penciled in at wing is Josh Sonneland. At 5-11 Sonneland is new to the
game, but is an excellent athlete with "good instincts about floor
senior Drew Detwiler will handle the team from the point.
has good hands and good court vision," Wade said. "He is also
a terrific defensive player and a leader."
out the senior class is 6-foot Juan Munoz of Ecuador.
six experienced juniors, including returning varsity players John Hayes,
Jimmy Fairchild and Luc McCann.
will be the teamís Shaq this season. At 6-4 he is the tallest player
on the squad, and Wade said he is "very quick for a big guy."
is very strong for a post player and he is going to be a force for us
there," Wade added.
a 5-11 guard with slick ball handling skills "a really strong
offensive threat," according to Wade.
a 6-foot wing, who is a hard worker.
will give good relief to the other players. Luc can come in and keep our
game up," Wade said.
expects 6-1 Dylan McIllhenney to be able to fill in for Fairchild in the
post and also play wing.
is just a really solid all-around player," he said.
making the move up to varsity are 5-10 wing Logan Koffler and 5-11 John
is a good ball handler and shooter. John is a strong and physical guy
who is an excellent jumper," Wade remarked.
assessed his teamís potential with unbridled optimism.
have excellent team chemistry and really outstanding senior leadership.
All the kids are working hard to try and make something special out of
this season. They are really excited about it and it shows in
the teamís goal is to finish in the top three at the district
tournament to have a shot at qualifying for state.
Carkonen is head coach of the junior varsity squad. Players include Finn
Brown, Andrew Durtschi, AJ Beesley, Connor Wade, Ben Larroquette, Hunter
Smith, Kyle Koski, Audie McCann and Tyler Jackson.
always, Bob Doyle will rival the Elias Sports Bureau as team