Hornets Hit Hard By Graduation
By BUBBA KAPRAL
HUNDRED — Graduation took a heavy toll on the Hundred Hornets.
Coach Virgil Wilkins lost a boat-load of talent. Gone are six players from last year’s six-win team, including several key pieces.
Picking up their diplomas last spring were Greg Jones, Joseph Mars, Holden Moore, Aaron Kolat, Logan Moore and Andrew King.
Holden Moore was the Hornets’ leading scorer while King ran the show as the team’s point guard. The 6-foot-4 Mars, meanwhile, supplied the Hornets with a post presence.
The cupboard is not totally empty, albeit much is young and developing talent.
“Our numbers are good. We have 22 players and one of our best freshman classes in many years,” Wilkins said. “We have 10 freshmen on our roster. At least one will push for varsity time. It is a class with some nice size.
“We need to rebound the ball better than a year ago. I think we will,” he added. “We lost six or seven close games last year because we didn’t rebound well enough.”
Danny Stewart leads the list of returnees. He is a multi-talented 5-11 senior guard. If things go right, he has a chance to crack the 1,000-point mark this winter.
“Danny is a very good basketball player. He means a lot to our team,” Wilkins noted. “He is a good scorer and he is also our floor leader.”
Looking to replace Mars in the paint are a trio of hopefuls.
Tyler Norris is a 6-4, 275-pound space-eating senior while Richard Yocum is a 6-2 senior. Wilkins is excited about newcomer Austin Stiles, a 6-2 junior. He looms as a key piece in the frontcourt mix.
Preston Kuhn will team with Stewart to provide a steadying influence in the backcourt. He is a 5-7 junior letterman.
Providing depth will be two more seniors. Charles Matthews is a 5-9 guard while Devon Kimble is a 6-2 forward.
“We are really hoping Devon has a good year. He can give us a big boost when it comes to rebounding,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins is assisted by Brian Bartlett.