This past Saturday, October 17, Gull Lake high school’s varsity basketball team suited up for the first time in Lansing, Michigan. The team played a double header and pulled out two tough victories against very scrappy teams. They will continue to play for the next three Saturdays to prepare for this upcoming season, starting November 16.
Players expectations of their upcoming season and what goals and hardships they expect to face this year are high.
Senior guard Nick DeAnda said he expects the team to win districts this and the majority of their games this year because of the newly added depth of the team. He also said he they’ll have an experienced team.
“I expect us to win districts this year forsure,” DeAnda said. “We also have like eight seniors on our team, so we should use that experience to our advantage and win most of our games.”
Senior Guard John Stage said he also expects a district championship due to the strong back court of guards the team will have. He also looks to see big things from six foot eight Zach Collard and six foot six Haiydn Garrison as they should dominate the rebound game. He says their toughest matchup will likely be Kalamazoo Central Giants and the Portage Central team.
“I think if we stay committed we can definitely win a district championship especially with how good our guards are this year,” Stage said. “Not to mention we also have Zach Collard and Haidyn Garrison who are six foot eight and six foot six, who will dominate rebounds for us. I just think our hardest games will be against Kalamazoo central and Portage Central.”
The team members interviewed said they were confident in themselves and their success this year and think their competition needs to watch out for them.