Prospects Looking Up in Hundred
Could this be the year of the Hornets? You betcha.
Veteran head coach Virgil Wilkins and assistant Jeremy Kelch are doing everything in their power to put Hundred back on the map in boys basketball for the 2018-2019 season.
“We have a great group of boys this season that are mentally strong, and we believe to be successful in this game you must have mentally tough kids if you want to be successful in this game,” said Coach Wilkins.
The Hundred boys didn’t lose a single varsity player to graduation and had 29-30 sign-up this year. Entering the second week of practice, the Hornets are down to 20 players to get started.
There are only three seniors on the squad with one coming out this season for the first time. Travis McCoy (6-5) is one of those mentally tough kids that Wilkins reveres. At 6-5 you can coach height, and McCoy has taken to the game in a different way that most players don’t do. He has gone to camps learning on the fly and has excelled against more talented kids, but is using that knowledge of one day moving on to college ball.
The second senior is Andrew Zedell. He is in his first season as a roundball player and is catching on pretty well. Zedell looks to contribute right away. He is a southpaw and is a very good shooter, rebounder and defender. It will be hard to keep him off the floor. He was a one-man wrecking machine in football. He looks to spell McCoy, as well as going high low stuff on offense, and serve as another big man underneath when they play zone, along with junior Adam Stephens.
The third senior is Joseph White (6-0) who is also out for the first time. He will also see a great deal of playing time. He puts on his hard-hat on and gets ready to go to work every day. He is an excellent defender and rebounder and is learning all the other tangibles it takes to be a good player. He, too, is looking good and brings a lot of good stuff when he comes in off the bench to fill in at power forward or center on offense, and to guard a big man on defense as he is strong as a horse.
Juniors Cody Soles (6-1), Logan Norris (6-2) Adam and Aaron Stephens look to join McCoy in the starting lineup to make a really fine looking starting five.
Soles is back for another season and is the guy to help the Hornets to achieve their goal to win more than games than they lose. He is the second double-double guy for the Hornets, to go along with McCoy with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Soles can do it all – rebound, shoot inside and out, handle the ball, dish it off and shuffle his feet on defense. Besides being a good player, his is a good kid with good manners. He will only get better and better and looks to be the next 1,000 point scorer for Hundred.
Norris has all the makings of another Cody Soles. He can do all these things and will be another outstanding player for Wilkins and Kelch. Everything Soles can do, so can Logan in everyway, as well as his manners. With these three in the starting lineup, all the Hornets needed is pair of copy-cats.
The copy-cats are Adam and Aaron Stephen. These identical twins are both outstanding players in their own right. They both are excellent scorers for beyond the arc, while Aaron will be helping Soles bring down the ball. Adam is a great rebounder and defender. Aaron has also lost a great deal of weight and is in great shape to stay on the floor longer.
However, the Hornets will sub a lot and have plenty starting with Cole Henderson (6-1), who will interchange with Adam at forward. He was a welcome returner who played lots of minutes and will keep on keeping on.
Off the bench looks to be seniors White and Zedell, along with juniors Robert Hostutler (6-1), Martin Baker (5-8) and Billy Lemasters (5-11).
Sophomores Dylan Walton (6-1), Allias Fox (6-0) and Cole Miller (6-0), as well as freshman Christian Fluharty (5-6), look to split time on the junior varsity and varsity squads to get more playing time and to fine-tune their skills.
The rest of the squad is composed of Marlin Hippensteel (5-8), Brayden Cotrill (5-5), Dylan Ray (5-7), Hunter Morgan (5-4) and Michael Blare (5-6).
If Coach Wilkins can have enough basketball to go around the talented varsity team, look for Hundred to compete with all the teams in his schedule, including a run in the H.I.T.