Boys Basketball Season Preview

On Monday Nov. 14 the Fairbury Boys Basketball team began practices and started their season. For second straight year the boys team will have a new head coach at the helm. Travis Steinhoff has taken the head coach position.

Each coach has their own philosophy and way of coaching a team. So with the new coach comes new drills and different practices that players have to get adjusted to.

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Tanner Novotny ’17 drives past Adam Wasserman ’18 during a practice earlier this week. The Jeffs have five seniors on this years team

“It’s (practice) more fast paced and all the drills seem like game time and help with conditioning,” Blake Bauer ‘17 said.

Even though having a new coach brings different plays and defense to the team, this year’s team feels that they are picking up the new procedures quickly.

“Our offensive and defensive sets are starting to come together. We are starting to look like a team,” Tanner Novotny ‘17 said.

“Our senior and junior leadership is very evident.  We are picking up on things quickly and getting better every day.” head basketball coach Travis Steinhoff said.

Despite all the changes a new coach brings, having a new coach doesn’t mean that the team’s expectations are any lower. This year’s boy’s basketball team has high aspirations after finishing last season with a 11-13 record.

“We are looking to build on our record from last year where we fell one game short of the district title game.  We are also looking to build on the momentum created by the success we had in fall sports,” coach Steinhoff said.

“We’ve talked about playing in Bob Devaney and making it past district finals,” Bauer ‘17 said.

The Jeffs some leaders returning as they have five seniors and many returning varsity contributors on the team. Their first action is Dec. 2 as they travel to Lincoln Christian to take on the Crusaders.