The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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New Players Improve Team Culture

Boys’ basketball embraces new players
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Carson McMichael
Dillon in the locker room before a game against East Central at the Red Wing High School – Tip-Off Classic.

As the winter approaches, basketball season is heating up after the fall league, and the Boys’ team is looking exceptional prior to the season’s beginning. The fall league encompassed all new play- ers who have either transferred from other schools or are finally getting the opportunity to play on the varsity team.

The team is seeing new players from various different grades, namely, Benji Dillon ‘27, Noah Wagoner ‘25 and Micah Wagoner ‘27. Furthermore, experienced player and captain, Grayson Okoronkwo ‘24 added his thoughts regarding the team at its current state right before the season commences. Okoronkwo said, “I do think the addition of players from other schools adds to our team chemistry because in past years we struggled with team chemistry. This year with me being a captain, I think I can contribute to the chemistry of the team.” Okoronkwo has spent many years throughout middle school and upper school engaging at high levels of basketball and believes his newfound role in the team can bring about a new sense of leadership in which he can engage with the younger players and allow for greater chemistry. Okoronkwo confirmed his thoughts as he stated, “I’ll just be a leader to them and someone they can look up to.” Additionally, Okoronkwo demonstrates his insight into the teams lineup as he asserts that “they [new players] will have a huge impact… [and] because Drew [Dillon ‘25] is hurt, I think Noah’s going to go in the starting lineup and we are all going to get to know him better.”

Okoronkwo has high hopes for the future of the team after he graduates, as he said, “I think for next year we might be good.” However, Okoronkwo noted that the future basketball teams may need to be refined to an extent but this is an occurrence that comes with every team experiencing a significant change in players. The future captains and team members are already solving the problem at hand by creating a inclusive environment and building team chemistry but also realizing that the same mindset can be applied to every other sport. Remember to show out and come to the Boys’ Basketball games to support your peers and encourage school spirit.

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