Purchase Line boys hoping for improvement|
Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
PURCHASE LINE - After a 16-7 campaign two years ago, the Purchase Line boys basketball team didn't find that same success last season, finishing with a 5-15 record.
This season, the Red Dragons will turn to a familiar face with Dave Krug taking the helm after coaching the last three seasons with the Purchase Line junior high program. Krug brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the varsity squad.
Purchase Line lost four seniors to graduation last season, including Progressland second-teamer Seth Goodlin and honorable mention pick Nick Hudak. Goodlin averaged 17.7 points for the Red Dragons and Krug says he will look all across the floor to find points.
"The biggest thing we're trying to do this year is get the kids to play together as a team and not try to concentrate on one guy or two guys or three," said Krug. "They're buying into it pretty well. A lot of these kids I've had coming up through the program, so they know me and they know the things that I expect."
"We're pretty much getting everybody to shoot the ball this year instead of just one or two people like it has been in the past. I've been happy with what I've been seeing so far."
The Red Dragons welcome back four letterwinners in senior Troy Frantz, juniors Gavin Ewing and Alec Sunderlin and sophomore Eric Faught. Frantz averaged 4.4 points a game last season, which is the most points returning to the team this season.
"They have to be leaders," said Krug of the letterwinners. "That's the biggest thing. We're trying to find who our leaders are going to be. The kids are stepping up. It really isn't just the letterwinners though. It's everybody. If you talk to the kids, they say it's just a different vibe.
"I like the kids and the kids like each other. That is a really big plus when you have a team that already plays together instead of trying to get them to do that for the first two weeks of practice. There are no egos. Nobody cares who's shooting the ball and who's getting the points. That's a pretty big hurdle to get over right there."
Krug said that Faught will be the team's starting center in their first game of the season, while Sunderlin and Frantz will both be the first five on the court at some position. The other two positions have yet to be filled and are up for grabs for all 13 players on the roster.
"If a freshman steps up, it will be a freshman," said Krug. "If it's a junior, a junior will step up."
Despite the team's record last season, the Dragons have set some high goals for themselves to achieve in the 2012-13 campaign, even with a young roster that features only two seniors.
"The biggest thing what I'd like to do and the team would like to do is to go over .500," said Krug. "We're going to make every effort that we can to win all of our home games. Whether we're going to win a district title or that kind of thing, anything can happen. If we can come together as a team and come together as a family and people aren't yelling at each other, I think we'll be okay. And so far, I haven't seen it."
Purchase Line opens their season next Friday at the Kittanning Tip-Off Tournament.
"Are we going to win more games than we lose this year? I can't say that," said Krug. "That's up to the kids. I think we'll be competitive. We're young. We only have two seniors. Are we going to use that as an excuse? Not at all. I hope to be in every game."
Derrick Deyarmin, *Troy Frantz.
Taylor Antisdel, Aaron Boring, *Gavin Ewing, Evan Ober, *Alec Sunderlin.
Greg Boring, Charles Deyarmin, *Eric Faught, Daniel Learn, Austin Patterson.
7-at Kittanning Tip-Off Tournament, TBA; 8-at Kittanning Tip-Off Tournament, TBA; 12-Marion Center; 14-at Penns Manor; 19-at Saltsburg, 7:30 p.m.; 21-United; 27-Lions Club Tournament, 6 p.m.; 28-Lions Club Tournament, 6 p.m.
2-at Blairsville, 7:30 p.m.; 4-Northern Cambria; 9-at Homer Center; 11-Harmony; 16-at Ligonier Valley, 7:30 p.m.; 18-at Marion Center; 22-Penns Manor; 24-Saltsburg; 29-at United, 7:30 p.m.; 31-Blairsville.
5-at Northern Cambria, 7:30 p.m.; 7-Homer Center; 12-Harmony; 14-Ligonier Valley.
Games start at 8 p.m. unless noted.