Wildcats Working on Basketball
Paden City Wildcat Coach David Riggle spent three days last week working the Wildcat basketball team as they finished up their three week summer workouts. Riggle said he has some talent coming back for 2020-21, and is looking for his two returning seniors to step up big. Ty Cain a 6′ 1″ center/guard, and Carson Palmer a six footer who can play all positions will anchor the team. Riggle believes if all goes as planned he could have 10-12 players time the season rolls around.
Coach Riggle offered the following observations about this years upcoming team. “Four starting varsity players return to lead the Paden City Boys Basketball team this year. We will be leaning on these players heavily to produce on both sides of the court. Ty Cain led the team last year in points per game, and we really need him to stay healthy this year. Carson Palmer was also a big contributor last year in points and especially assists, but his season was unfortunately derailed by a knee injury. Both of these boys will factor in heavily into our ability to compete and win games, we need them to stay healthy and they are both working hard to make sure that they do.”
“Brandon Hizer has dedicated himself to off season training in order to bring his game to the next level. He has worked consistently after the season with an exceptional weight training coach to improve his strength and endurance, and I am looking forward to seeing that payoff this season. Joel Moore was our leading scorer last year, and he is looking to continue to improve his game going into his sophomore year. There is no place on the floor that Joel isn’t a threat to score. Having him on the team gives us great flexibility, as defenses always have to account for him, with or without the ball in his hands.”
“Shane Anderson will look to make a splash at the varsity level going into his Junior year, we were heavy in the forward position last year, so he was able to build confidence by leading our JV team in almost every statistical category last season. Joining these five will be a very talented freshmen group. Joey Baker, Jeremiah Thomas, and Mickey Guerra have loads of potential, and they will be in a unique position that most
freshmen don’t get at bigger schools,
which is to contribute at the varsity level. I look forward to seeing them step up to the challenge.
We may be small in number, but I believe the players we have are very talented. As long as we stay healthy and play to our advantages, we will achieve our goals. We play very well as a team, and that’s an advantage we have over most teams in the valley. We have no selfish players, and they are all committed to improving as a team. With strong leadership from our upper classmen, and the will to continuously improve by all eight players, I believe we will be able to compete and win a lot of games.”
Coach Riggle said he justs hopes this team gets to play the season, and that things can return to normal for the kids sake. “It’s a tough thing to deal with, you practice hard, show up everyday and then they say you can’t play. If we can get past this virus we should be ready to compete against anyone on our schedule, and we look forward to that,” said Riggle.
Right now the Roster includes, Seniors Ty Cain 6’1″ Guard, Carson Palmer 6′ Guard. Juniors Brandon Hizer 6’3″ Forward, Shane Anderson 6’3″ Center. Sophomore Joel Moore 6′ Point Guard. Freshmen Joey Baker 5’11” Forward, Jeremiah Thomas 5’11” Guard, Mickey Guerra 5’9″ Guard.