Boys basketball looks to build lasting relationships

The boys varsity team huddles before the Hoisington game on Jan. 12. With the energizing senior encouragement graduated, the Black Bears look to an experienced senior class for leadership this season.

The boys varsity team huddles before the Hoisington game on Jan. 12. With the energizing senior encouragement graduated, the Black Bears look to an experienced senior class for leadership this season.

After a tough sub-state champion loss last season, all members of the boy’s basketball team have acknowledged their passion behind playing basketball. The loss has allowed the boys to grow closer as a family and set strong goal individual and team goals this season. 

“There is more to basketball than just the sport itself. We are hoping to build good chemistry with one another,” head boy’s basketball coach Derek Schneider said.

Multiple players on the team have also expressed the same outlook.

“The relationships I make during basketball is the reason why I play. Basketball is fun, but being a part of a team who you all have a relationship with is more than just fun,” senior Brady Ochs said.

The players know that having a good relationship with each other makes for a well-playing team.

“It affects me not only on the court, but off the court,” junior Lucas Briar said. “We have great chemistry. On the court we have a great bond and that translates into how well we play together.”

For some players, goal-setting involves performance and improvement as well as building relationships. 

“I hope to play JV as a freshman, and although I’ll play C team it would be a good accomplishment for me this season,” freshman Caleb Lambert said.

Even though the goals and achievements set vary from player to player, they are still commonly shared and based on the same principles.

“I would love to win sub-state with the boys who I’ve made close relationships with,” Briar said. 

Overall, the boys basketball team has high hopes for this year’s season. 

“Definitely going to state with my teammates would be my biggest goal for this season,” Ochs said. 

For most on the team, basketball has a deeper meaning than just the drills, techniques, and wins and losses of the game.

“It’s about the guys coming together, building stronger relationships and friendships,” Schneider said. “It’s abuot working really hard, improving, experiencing failure, experiencing heartache, and still being able to persevere through all  those things and become a better person.”