Undefeated WHS JV boys look toward 2012
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
Windsor High School boys’ basketball is having a year for the history books. With a recent win over Maloney High School to clinch the CCC championship title, the varsity squad was on its way to the second round of the Class LL state tournament as of press time.
But where did these all-star young men get their start? The simple answer – at square one, on the junior varsity team, under the direction of head coach Gerald Joseph.
A 12-year veteran JV coach and respected assistant to varsity coach Ken Smith, Joseph led the JV Warriors to an unprecedented 17-0 season. “Our goal for the kids is first to be good students,” Joseph said. “We want them to work hard in the classroom and on the basketball court, to be the best they can be and compete in every contest.”
Included in the 17 wins were several victories in which the Warriors achieved double-digit point gaps. According to Smith, several junior varsity players have the skills needed to play varsity. “Choosing the kids for the varsity team was very, very difficult this year,” Smith said. “There is a lot of talent on the JV. They were very strong this year, and will continue to be next year when they move up.”
“Our team played as a team,” Joseph said. “They took pride in both playing defense and offense.” Joseph lists the following players as standouts: Ryheime Moore, Marvin Bird, Jerry Buchanon, Michael Joseph, Dayon Hokim, Jaquon Forston, Ronald Woodard, Theo Lee, Zamon Kalilou, Quin Fleeting, Jaquon Harrison, Brendan Gale, Chaunce Dunbar and Ben Compton.
“All the boys were responsible for this year’s undefeated season,” Joseph added. “They all worked hard together and competed in every game. The Windsor basketball program has a bright future, and this group of players made it very easy to coach.”
Sports Spotlight: Young players to watch in coming years-
Ryheime Moore, Sophomore, Point Guard: Moore’s season-high scoring game came against Glastonbury, with 23 points. He also plays football, where he is a wide receiver. “I love basketball, that’s all there is to it,” Moore said. He was the only JV player to travel with the varsity squad for playoffs.
Jerry Buchanon, Junior, Shooting Guard: Scoring 21 points against Bloomfield, Buchanon has been playing basketball since fifth grade. His favorite college team is North Carolina. “Basketball keeps me out of trouble,” he said with a grin.
Tynique Woods, Freshman, Point Guard: With 26 points against Wethersfield, Woods has been playing competitive basketball since sixth grade. He is also a wide receiver for Warriors football. “Basketball is addictive,” he said.
Xavier Charles, Freshman, Point Guard/Shooting Guard: Charles’ highest-scoring game came against New Britain, with 22 points. He follows Duke basketball and enjoys the competitive nature of the game.