MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Excessive Faculty boys’ basketball staff has captured the final two state championships in Class AAAA and is starting this season with its eye on nothing apart from returning to Charleston in March and finishing the three-peat.
Regardless of a extremely impactful senior class shifting on that performed an important half within the back-to-back championships, coach Dave Tallman and the Mohigans return a backcourt duo that features senior first-team all-state choice and Akron-signee, Sharron Younger and junior Izzy Everett, who each performed essential roles within the success of final season.
Younger, the all-state first-team captain, averaged 21 factors, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.7 steals per sport final season, whereas lacking eight video games with a damaged capturing hand.
Tallman stated irrespective of how lengthy one coaches, or who returns, yearly is completely different.
“We’ve bought to determine easy methods to maximize our expertise,” Tallman stated. “We’ve got an excellent normal of what we love to do however we additionally attempt to tweak issues to verify we’re taking part in to our strengths.”
One power would be the guards for Tallman and his membership. Younger and Everett each return after taking part in essential roles final season. Different guards like Jay Shrewsberry and Marty Johnson, who even have expertise taking part in in huge video games, will probably be appeared upon to assist their teammates.
A potential query mark for the Mohigans would be the frontcourt. The losses of Garrison Kisner and Cam Danser will probably be felt immediately, however Tallman and his workers believe within the gamers who’re able to step up into the roles.
“Our guard play is nice and has an opportunity to be particular this season,” Tallman stated. “However I really feel the identical about our frontcourt. Jacob King (6’6), Brady Savage (6’3), Jaylon Hill (6’1), and Waylon Calistra (6’6) are doing an amazing job in apply and can proceed to make strides. They’re all stuffed with expertise.”
MHS stays unbeaten inside the state of West Virginia with 45 straight wins towards groups from W.Va. and 36 straight wins at house.
Morgantown will start its season Tuesday at house towards Larger Latrobe (Pa.), earlier than touring throughout city for the BFS Shootout at College Excessive Faculty this weekend for 2 video games towards Holy Household (Pa.) and Parkersburg. Contests towards groups like Shady Spring, George Washington, Parkersburg South, and College spotlight some early matchups for MHS. A street journey to Ripley can also be within the plans on Jan. 27, and two matchups with Wheeling Park wait within the distance.
“We wish to go and play the schedule that can problem you probably the most,” Tallman stated. “I additionally wish to get our seniors seen all around the state as a result of they deserve recognition. I feel that’s necessary, we don’t simply wish to play regionally.”