A rollercoaster season had the eighth grade Powell Middle School boys basketball team on the wrong end of the standings with a 3-8 record after the Cubs struggled to find consistency throughout the …
A rollercoaster season had the eighth grade Powell Middle School boys basketball team on the wrong end of the standings with a 3-8 record after the Cubs struggled to find consistency throughout the year.
In a year where the Cubs battled in every game, the team found itself in consistently close contests while going to overtime or double overtime three times during the season.
“The Cubs strived all season long to play as a cohesive unit rather than individuals,” coach Chris Wolff said. “They demonstrated high levels of commitment, accepted hard coaching and improved immensely. They conducted themselves honorably during practice, games and travel.”
He said that one of the highlights of the season was a victory over Cody in front of the entire Powell Middle School student body.
Wolff said that the strengths of the team were athleticism, effort and coachability while struggling to find consistency shooting as a group.
Leading the way for the Cubs throughout the season was Braxton Batt, Kason Sherman, Ben Ostermiller, Brady Harvey and Kaden Wolff.
Assistant coaches Russ Schwahn and Brandon Preator said that the Cubs were able to learn a lot from this season, while continuing to improve as a team.
“I thought the boys learned to play together more this year than in the past,” Schwahn said. “We just struggled with consistency and that is what cost us some of the games, but the boys played hard every game. Overall, this was a year when the boys learned a great deal of things that will help them in their basketball future.”
Despite the 3-8 record, Preator feels as if this team has a strong future after continuing to grow throughout this season.
“I feel like there was a lot of growth that these boys went through this season,” Preator said. “They proved to be great listeners and willing to try new things. They are really coming together as a team, and I expect them to continue to grow, improve and we’ll see some great things from these guys over the next few years.”
This group will now head to the high school level next year, and will hope to have strong numbers go out for the team as 25 went out for the eighth grade team this season.