With the football and volleyball seasons in full swing, the Snow College men’s and women’s basketball programs are getting ready to start, and they say they can’t wait.
In all sports, how a team spends its time in the offseason directly correlates to how they will perform when opening game day rolls around. For the men, practice officially starts October 1, but they’ve already started conditioning and getting back in shape.
Last year, the men’s team finished with a 16-14 record and did not advance to postseason play. They had 13 freshmen, seven of which have returned this year as sophomores. Head Coach Rob Nielson pointed out three of these returning players who he’s expecting a lot out of this season, Larenz Stalcup, Walter Wright, and Gentrey Thomas.
When talking about what he wants his players to work on, Coach Nielson stated, “We’re really working on mental toughness. They’ve got a lot of talent and I think that if we can put it together as a team and be a cohesive unit I think we can be very successful.”
The men’s first home game will be against Western Wyoming Community College on November 7. Tip-off is at 8P.M. Snow College student and basketball enthusiast Dallin Henrie said of the opening game, “Everyone better be there to support your Badgers!”
As for the ladies, this offseason has not only included strength and conditioning, but also team bonding opportunities. Recently, the whole team took a rock-climbing trip to Maple Canyon, which is just west of Moroni.
Team chemistry is very positive this year. Sophomores Jilian Powell, Madison Roe, Ashton Henderson, and Whitney Saunders are not only teammates, but best friends as well. Powell, when talking about the whole team and how everyone feels about each other said, “We all get along off the court really well and we do everything together.” That was followed by Saunders laughing, “No, we really do. We travel in packs. But we promise we’re still friendly.”
The girls feel like a disadvantage they might have this year is being undersized, but they strongly believe that their quickness and agility will make up for that. They look to improve from last year’s 13-15 overall record with a strong season this winter.