– Wyandotte Warrior
First-year Coach Ron Adkins is looking to build on the late-season success of the 2018 Wyandotte Roosevelt High School’s boys’ basketball team.
Although the Bears finished with a record around the .500 mark last year, they played well toward the end of the campaign and won their district in the postseason.
Adkins, who coached Wyandotte’s girls’ varsity team for the past 10 years, has a son playing on the boys’ team this year as a junior.
Eleven players are coming back this year with a roster that includes eight seniors, five juniors and one sophomore. The Bears’ first game was Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Northville followed by a Friday, Dec. 13, contest against Monroe.
“Woodhaven won the Downriver League title the last three years, and (Gibraltar) Carlson’s always tough,” Adkins said. “Our league is pretty competitive, and we’ve got to be ready to play every time we get out there.
“We’ve talked about not taking any steps backward. The kids are buying in and we’ve got some great leadership.”
The Bears scrimmaged last week against Grosse Ile, Inter-City Baptist and Monroe, who’s “very disciplined and plays hard.”
“We’re a work in progress right now,” Adkins said, “and the kids are doing a great job.”
He’s looking for a good season from seniors Hayden Loya, Jimmy Breaux, Nico Fernandez, Daylen Boodie, Noah Turner, Cody Bowser and Jobe Sadler.
“We’ve got a great set of guards with Cody and Hayden,” Adkins said. “Both of them had great years on the football field, and Jimmy at 6-foot-6 is doing a good job in the middle.”
Adkins said the game plan this year is going to be focusing more on the little things and picking up the defensive intensity, a philosophy he learned while playing linebacker at Wayne State University.
“Even with girls’ team we tried to have one of the best defenses in the area and turn defense into offense,” Adkins said. “I think if everyone buys in and we play to our potential, there’s no reason we can’t compete for the league championship.
“We’re going to try to win the league, another district championship and see how far we can go in the tournament.”