Young team shows excellent long-term potential
By Lauri Voter - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
“Less one-on-one, more together!” commanded boys varsity basketball coach Edward Lavoie at the beginning of afternoon practice at East HartfordHigh School. Encouraging teamwork and effort, the coach drilled the team into practice.
With no returning starters, Lavoie’s team is young this year, but with a strong core of sophomores, Lavoie expects to see excellent results from this team, one or two years down the road.
“We’ll be looking for state and league championships. There is a lot of promise in these youth. We get a lot of effort – if they play hard, good things happen,” said Lavoie.
He should know. Before accepting the coaching position at EHHS, Lavoie served as coach at East HartfordMiddle Schoolfor eight years. Happy to have made the move, he is already familiar with some of these players.
“They knew what was expected,” said Lavoie.
Lavoie looks forward to the next home came against Windsor, scheduled for Feb. 15. “Windsoris a great test,” he said.
Meanwhile, the team has a string of away games scheduled.
According to Lavoie, enthusiasm for this team is growing steadily.
“Turnout is good. Each game attracts new people. People are hearing about us – the surprise team,” explained Lavoie.
How these students play basketball is not the coach’s sole concern. Lavoie says he sees how they grow as they become adults, and would like them to get into college. Lavoie feels that he is a mentor, and wants to help his players be successful, and in turn become good role models themselves.
As of Jan. 27, the team’s standing is
6-4 overall; and 4-1 in their division.
East HartfordHigh SchoolBoys’ Varsity Basketball Coach Edward Lavoie
First year at EHHS, after eight years of coaching at East HartfordMiddle School.
The season ahead: “With no returning starters, we’re starting fresh with a young and inexperienced team. I’m pleased with the team’s progress.”
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