By Dylan Greenhouse and Lucas Eliot
Coming off an underwhelming 2018-19 season, the boys varsity basketball team is looking to bounce back this winter. Expectations within the team are high, led by returning big men Eli Davis and Joe Jepsen. “We will finish with a better record than last season,” Davis predicts. He adds that the team’s ultimate goal is “of course, the state title.”
In watching the team practice and scrimmage, it’s apparent that missing from the play is former starting point guard Elijah Wood who transferred to Berkmar High School of Georgia. While Wood leaves a 6’5 shadow at the point guard position, head coach Sean Tracy is looking to senior Turner Payne to fill this void.
“Taking on the starting point guard role has been a difficult experience, to say the least,” Payne admits, adding that “[he] is expected to be able to take control of the team and the game at any point and time.”
The roster this year complements experienced veterans with exciting young players. St. John’s transfer Michael Hoover, freshman Ka'ron Elston, and sophomores Jason Chooweenam and Beck Urofsky look to contribute right away. Senior guard Nick Roberson expects this youth wave “to be productive and make the most of their minutes.” Roberson hopes the combination of senior leadership and young talent can translate to wins.
Make sure to support the Battlin’ Barons as they begin their journey to states on December 10th at home against Poolesville.