Springdale boys basketball team to lean on experience
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When Springdale's boys basketball team opens its season Friday against Northgate in its tip-off tournament, it will do so with a much more experienced team.
The team struggled much of last season, going 4-17 and missing the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. But the experience it gained could be significant this season.
Six of Springdale's top eight players return. The Dynamos lost five players to graduation, but only two of them saw significant playing time.
Coach Seth Thompson said his battle-tested team has had a productive offseason.
“I definitely see improvements from what you saw last year at this time,” Thompson said. “However, we're not where we need to be yet.”
One thing that gives Springdale an advantage is its size. All of its projected starters are at least 6-foot. The team returns three starters in 6-4 senior forward Charlie Guy, 6-2 senior forward Chad Charlton and 6-3 junior guard Matt Matisko. Other projected starters are seniors Dylan McKavaney (6-3) and Brandon Stiehler.
Size is just one of the team's strengths.
“We are going to play good defense,” Thompson said. “The group has a great work ethic. Sometimes, when I'm watching them practice, they even make me tired.
“They work hard, especially with rebounding. Every single day, we're working and trying to improve on rebounding.”
Thompson said Springdale's administrative staff has been supportive in trying to get the Dynamos' basketball program back to where it once was. He credited his staff and a youth league for their continued support of the program and said they are instrumental to the development and success of the players.
Jesse Huba is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.