SHS Bulldog JV boys build momentum
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
Boys’ basketball has a long, celebrated history at Stafford High School, with each athlete learning the fundamentals of the program from the foundations built as freshmen and junior varsity players. This year’s junior varsity Bulldogs prove not only to have the skills for great things to come, but the teamwork to make it happen.
Under the direction of coach Michael Barile, the Bulldogs currently hold a respectable record of 5-9. “We have a group of great core players who play hard for each other and are unselfish in their roles,” Barile said. “Our starting lineup has changed numerous times throughout the year, and guys that come off the bench contribute in big ways on any given night. Everyone has contributed in some way. Our biggest strength is that every individual plays hard and plays for each other.”
Friendly rivalries spark the team’s spirit. “I work at Suffield High School,” Barile said, “so it was personally fun for me to coach against some of my students earlier this year. My students talked a lot of trash to me the full week of the game, especially when I wore my Stafford gear to school on game day. But my [Stafford] team used this as motivation and played a great game that night. We got our first win of the season. It was a great achievement for them, and a great day for me on Monday morning!”
The Bulldogs have faced several teams in close match-ups this season, with many games coming down to the final seconds, ending in buzzer-beating drama.
“It’s always fun for us to play our rival, Somers High School,” Barile said. “We won an overtime game at their gym this year, with most of the large varsity crowd already in attendance to view the end. It’s fun and beneficial for our guys to play in that type of environment.”
Stafford High School Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach Michael Barile
Seasons with this team: 2
Goals for the season: “My biggest goal every year is that my players leave my team as quality young men with the intangibles to succeed on the court, in the classroom, and in their futures,” Barile said.
Captains: Jake Fitzgerald and Luke Hoss.
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Jake Fitzgerald, Number 12: “Jake has been our most consistent player this year,” Barile said. “His hard work earned him a spot on the varsity roster during the second half of the season, where he now comes off the bench to shoot and make a difference defensively.”
Tommy Jacobson, Number 11: “Tommy has been a pleasant surprise for the program this season,” Barile said. “He works his tail off to improve his post-season play. His post defense and rebounding has been a big asset for us.”
Dylan Seekins, Number 44: “You will often see Dylan on the floor diving and fighting for loose balls,” Barile said. “His tireless hard work has also earned him a spot on the varsity roster... His defense and rebounding skills are a huge help for the team.”