There are plenty of familiar faces around for the Colts, who return four of five starters from last season after losing to graduation Jordan Tant and Cordarius Tarver, who led in both scoring and rebounding in 2012-13.
Matthew Queener, the only head coach the Colts have had since the school opened in 2011, looks beyond the points and sees a team that can make great strides with multiple players having varsity experience.
“It will be the first year that we will have a very balanced attack,” said Queener, whose Colts have won just three games over the past two season. “With as much depth and balance that we have this season, I think we’ll see better results.”
Strength in the backcourt will be the Colts asset, as seniors Levi Wilson, Michael Ward and point guard Blaine Williams all return. Senior guard Taylor Poteet will add outside shooting depth, along with junior guard Clark Hatfield. Senior guard Darius Miller and juniors Andrew Fisher, Josh Foxx and Reilly McMillan provide help off the bench.
“If hard work is any indicator of how we will be this season, we’ll be just fine,” Queener said.
For the Lady Colts, second-year coach Ryan Long also has all of his starters back from a team that went 7-19. They’ll look for better results but expect a competitive Region 5-3A.
“Sonoraville and Cartersville will be strong, and the front-runners,” Long said. “The rest of the teams will be in the mix. From three all the way down, it could be anyone’s night. We will really have to bear down and take care of our home court.”
Back is the Lady Colts’ leading scorer and senior guard Haley Reece, along with junior Macey Fossett and sophomore Bethany Goodwin, who will provide an inside-out balance of scoring and rebounding. In the post, Nikki Ross has gained some experience over the summer, and Long said her growth will add depth to the team.
“Nikki has really come a long way with trying to create her shot over the summer,” Long said.
Juniors Sydney Storey and Ashton Patterson will round out the backcourt, with forward Taylor Ogle and guard Rachael Cherry providing quality minutes as reserves.
Coahulla Creek’s season opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tennessee’s Polk County.