Cohesive Bulldogs shooting for speed on court
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Dec. 6, 2012
The Stafford High School boys' varsity basketball team, coached by Michael Morhardt, will rely on the capabilities of its upperclassmen, including Tim Ford, Luke Hoss, Zach Rollins, Evan Theroux, Dylan Seekins and Jake Kalette, to lead the team through its season, said Morhardt. “We have a good group of seniors that get along great,” said Morhardt. “They've all been in the program for four years, so they all know what to expect. They're just really tight, they play a lot of sports together.”
Stafford lost four contributing seniors last year, said Morhardt, who took with them some production and some leadership. Nonetheless, Morhardt is confident in the ability of his current players to pick up any slack – and the pace – as speed will be a major tactic for the Bulldogs this year. Morhardt says the Bulldogs will play fast and keep opposing players on their toes. “We do use more guys normally than some teams might,” he said.
Combined, this year's varsity, junior varsity and freshman basketball teams total more than 40 players. “This is the most we've had in my four years here. It's good. It shows interest in the program, but it also shows that we have good kids and they want to be a part of that,” said Morhardt.
Size-wise, the Class S Bulldogs may face some challenges from Class M and Class L teams in the NCCC league, including Avon, Granby, Ellington and Suffield. What they lack in numbers, the Bulldogs will make up for in athleticism, speed, leadership and teamwork, said Morhardt.
“This is the best chemistry we've had in four years, without a doubt,” the coach said. The players' ability to run, play fast and wear the other team down will be key strategies. “We feel like we can compete in basketball, and we feel like we fit right in,” said Morhardt.
Follow the Bulldogs' progress at www.casciac.org.