New coach, new outlook: Boys’ Basketball team heads into season with confidence and focus


The boys’ basketball team kicks off its new season with returning head coach Kenneth Kelly. After taking three years off to coach at American Heritage, Kelly returns to the position with an optimistic outlook and a focus on molding new players.  

“We have a lot of young kids this year, which is better for us because we know that we will have these kids next year too but we also got our seniors, our leaders on the team, and they already know [to play] as a team and support every player who steps out on the court,” Coach Kelly said. “I really see us going far as a unit and a family this year.” 

When it comes down to being a team player, sophomore Issac Marshall embraces that role. He sees it as the key to the team’s goal of making it to states.

“I feel real confident about the season because all we have been doing is putting in work over the offseason. I feel like if we keep that bond that we got as player and family we are going to be unstoppable on the court this year,” Marshall said.  “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team out and when it comes down to the coach, I trust him and I know he’s gonna help us out and lead us to victory.” 

Senior Collin Jermen sees this team as the most promising of his high school career.

“I feel great about this upcoming season. We’ve got better players that are putting in work and that actually wanna win. I trust our coach because he’s got the game plan and he’s going to take us far plus he just brings us spirit,” Jermen said. “I trust what I’m bringing to the table and I’m ready to lay it on the line this year and I definitely think we are going to state this year.”

The  boys hope to bring home a state championship with their united focus on team and family.