High expectations for Shocker boys

Coach Heath Jordan and coach Josh Barnes with their players during practice. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Shocker team members practice for their upcoming games. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Waterville/Mansfield Shocker boys basketball team looks to be a strong squad this season with some height advantage over a few teams in the Central Washington 2B League.

“We have 25 players out this year,” said head coach Heath Jordan as team practices got underway. “Eight are returning varsity lettermen. We will have three teams: varsity, JVs and a C-squad.”

Of the 25 athletes, nine are seniors, eight juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The team has five players from Mansfield — a senior, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen.

The boys team went to one basketball camp at Ocean Shores this summer and they played about 30 games in a summer league.

Jordan said, “All those games and the camp has kept the team focused and has honed their skill a lot. I have high expectation for the season.”

The junior varsity coach is Derek Browning, and the C-squad coach is Josh Barnes.

The Shockers’ first game is at Entiat on Dec. 1. Their first home game is Dec. 2 against Brewster.