RAPID CITY, SD – The high school basketball season is about to begin and teams across the region are poised to build on last year’s successes or, in some cases, start the season with more than questions only answers.
The Rapid City Central boys’ basketball team finished 11-9 last season and failed to advance to the state tournament.
The shoemakers lost to Aberdeen Central by five points in the SoDak 16.
However, Central practically graduated most of their scores with the loss of KOh Meisman, as well as, MI have and Joulian Swallow.
In fact, it’s a period of rebuilding for Central coach TJ Hay who has to replace nine seniors in total.
“We have a junior who has playing time and unfortunately he will be out until January,” said TJ Hay. “I hope for January, maybe February. He crashed into a motorcycle and injured his wrist. So we have a lot of guys who have never played at college level who are going to be fighting for play time.
The shoemakers will rely on the six seniors of the team.
But growing pains are inevitable for the inexperienced core team.
However, coach Hay believes the Cobblers could surprise several teams this season.
“We have five positions that I think we can be strong at all five offensively and defensively,” said Hay. “And I think we’ll have substitutes on the bench who can get things done for them. That’s why I said, we’re going to have to grow up quickly and there’s a huge learning curve we’re going through right now. Like I said, half of those guys or more than half didn’t train with college last year.
Central opens boys’ home basketball season on Dec. 10 against Aberdeen Central in a rematch of their SoDak 16 match.
Then the shoemakers will welcome Pierre the Dec. 11.