Recalling at your time as a high school athlete, wins and losses are generally a quite small element of the treasured memories student-athletes develop.

At Fennville High School, that’s what the girls basketball team is leaning into this season, with a huge amount of production gone from a year ago.

In 2015, the Blackhawks saw senior Coryne Howard break the program’s all-time leading scoring record which had been held for more than a decade. Even with their star player, the eight-person group still struggled, finishing the season 6-15.

” To get the chance to coach her was definitely enjoyable. I don’t know the next time I’ll get to coach another player like her,” second-year coach Josh Weimer said.

Howard’s graduation leaves huge gaps to fill on the stat sheet. Weimer said at this moment he said even fewer girls might be on his roster this season. So to assemble a team, he’s needed to try and talk players into joining.

” This year the lineups are entirely broad open,” Weimer stated. “I spent a great deal of energy the last couple of years just attempting to persuade ladies to play. Despite what takes place, we’re going to produce a lifetime full of memories.”

Weimer has previously worked as the assistant coach for the Fennville boy’s team, who consistently contend for a conference title. He said the disparity between the 2 programs is due to the fact that of consistency, or lack thereof.

The kid’s program has had three coaches in the nearly the last two years. For the woman’s group, it’s been a revolving door of different schemes and systems.

” We’ve had job after job,” Weimer stated. “So I believe that is essential. I suggest, these kids wish to see a familiar face at the seventh-grade level. They desire to see that [same face] senior year.”

Because of all their battles over the last few years, Weimer has actually just been attempting to develop a culture that can lay the foundation for an effective program. The COVID-19 pandemic has made that difficult in just his 2nd season at the helm.

Howard was emblematic of what he desires that culture to be at Fennville. He stated that he hopes that the existing group saw how she played and embrace a bit of her persistence and drive. However without a generational skill like her on the lineup this season, Weimer is just attempting to prepare brick by brick.

” We’re not gon na can be found in and this year, pandemic or no pandemic, problem or no setback and blow the doors off [anyone],” the coach said.” You need to simply take every positive minute as a win. The little successes, the ethical success and you need to pile those all as much as acquire some sort of favorable outlook for the new players coming in and for the returning gamers.”

Realism is an exceptional quality to have in a leader. He doesn’t wish to get his group’s mind polluted with misconceptions of grandeur during such a restoring season, particularly when the pandemic makes things even more tough.

Still, no matter what the Blackhawks record is this season, he simply hopes he can construct the team up from a basic perspective.

” We want to maximize all staff member’ capacity,” Weimer said.

But, perhaps a bit more significantly in the insane academic year these teens have had to go through, he just wants everyone to have enjoyable.

” [We’re] simply trying to make practices enjoyable,” Weimer said. “Producing positive memories and minutes for all of our team members.”

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