LAUREL – Following a tremendous start to the season last year, the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge boys basketball team will look to match that intensity.
LCC took to the court Tuesday evening for practice working on inbounds plays and group work on multiple baskets in the new gym before switching to the old gym.
Todd Erwin is now in his fourth year as head coach for LCC. There are 20 members on the boys team, made up of four seniors after losing four a year ago. Coach Erwin talked about what the team has been working on since practice started over two weeks ago.
“Moving the ball quick, playing some good man defense and really trying to get them to play a little tougher,” said Erwin. “Be mean, want the win, want the ball a little bit is what we’ve really been working on; being aggressive.”
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge will look to match or keep up with their hot start to last year’s season. LCC won their first nine games before dropping a 61-52 contest to Cedar Catholic in the Wayne Holiday Tourney to finish second place. The Bears then beat HCC the next game (51-46), but it was Hartington Cedar Catholic winning the third match-up, 76-53 in the postseason to end Laurel’s year at 15-8.
Junior point guard/shooting guard Izac Reifenrath, sophomore shooting guard/forward Ty Erwin and sophomore post Noah Schutte along with the team have been looking to improve their game from last year.
Reifenrath said the team is young, Ty Erwin added some team goals and what the team will need to do to match last year’s start as Schutte added what the underclassmen are learning in maybe their first or second year with the program.
“Working hard and getting everybody here,” Reifenrath added. “We got a bunch of young players, so we’re just trying to build them up to get to where everybody else is.”
“Just do good this season, make it farther than last season,” Ty Erwin mentioned. “Stay in shape and really work hard.”
“Really about teamwork and getting the job done,” said Schutte. “Coach has really been working us hard this year, conditioning and really running us a lot more this year.”
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge will open their season at Siouxland Community Christian, Iowa on Thursday, November 30 while hosting Crofton on Friday, December 1.