The North Zulch boys’ basketball season is over, but first-year Coach David Graves said he’s looking forward to the future.
The Bulldogs crushed Centerville, 73-41, in their final game last week, ending with a 7-5 record in District 27-1A.
“We grew a lot during our first year together,” Graves said Monday. “Winning 16 games this year is nothing to be disappointed in. We missed the playoffs by six points. That shows a lot of adversity and discipline for the guys to buy into a new coach and a new system. Our future is very bright.”
Although the team is losing graduating senior and team captain Hans Osth, they will have four seniors and four juniors next year. Sophomore Gerhart Wiese showed “a lot of leadership” this year and Graves said he hopes to build on that foundation.
The new coach will start training the guys for next year once baseball season is complete, he said.
“I think we’re going to do great,” Graves said. “We’re going to be faster and run a different defense. I’m very excited and eager to get to summer ball and work on our strength and agility program, developing these guys as basketball players and athletes.”
Osth has been accepted to Texas A&M University and although he’s been scouted by colleges, has not at this time committed to playing college ball.
“I thank Hans for buying in and helping me lead these guys,” Graves said. “We had a great leader on the floor. He was a huge part of this team. He has set a foundation and a mold to help us in the future. We have three other guys who are ready to step in and know what is expected. I love North Zulch – the community and the team.”