Shockers start basketball season

The Shockers do agility drills during practice last week. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)


By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Shocker girls get ready for dribbling drills during practice last week. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers began practice last?week?for the winter?basketball season.

The girls practice is immediately afterschool and the boys?begins at 5:45 p.m.

The boys coaching staff is the same as last year with head coach Heath Jordan and junior varsity/C squad coaches Derek Browning and Josh Barnes.?Others helping with the team this year are Jay Landon?as?video coordinator and Todd Besel as the team scout.

There are?22 players this season with the possibility of two more joining the team.

?It is a fresh start this year with only four returning players that saw varsity play last season. And, this is one of the shortest teams I have had in the past six years,? Jordan said.

There are?seven seniors,?six juniors,?four sophomores and?five freshmen. Varsity and junior varsity teams will play for all the games, and when the other teams have enough players there will be C squad games.

The Shockers?begin the 2018-19 season Nov. 27 hosting?the Entiat Tigers.

This girls team coaching staff is also the same this season with head coach Kieth Finkbeiner and Abby O?Brien as the junior varsity coach.?Assisting them are?Brycen Greenwood and Katy Giddings.

?This is a very young team,” said Finkbeiner.?”No seniors, two juniors, seven sophomores, nine freshmen and one eight grader. The two returning juniors and five of the seven sophomores are returning lettermen. So, we do have some good varsity experience.”

Finkbeiner added, “These girls are talented and we do expect to accomplish great things. We should have a good season and be strong going into the post-season.?