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Sullens selects 2015-16 varsity squad
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Warren County Pioneer head basketball coach Chris Sullens recently posted his 2015-2016 varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. Coach Sullens noted he is entering the second year of his five-year plan to get Warren County basketball progressing upward to a level where he feels Warren County High School basketball needs to be, year after year.
Coach Sullens said, “I am very confident in this group of young men and we are looking forward to watching this group mature and grow as a team as they compete in the state of Tennessee’s highest level of high school basketball.”
Two seniors returning for coach Sullens are sharp shooter Holden Baker, who everyone has come to appreciate with his willingness to pull the trigger in clutch moments. A senior known for his defensive tenacity is Jack Davidson.
Seven juniors will take to the floor for the Pioneers. Most noted, Isaac Golden has progressed as the person running the offense and he is very quick to get back on defense as well. Golden will have his hands full again this season but will have lots of help around the perimeter.
Hunter Hawkins, Krojhn Calbert and Joelah Solomon will have their hands full inside. Hawkins and Calbert provide large bodies inside and they will have to attack the offensive glass and use their bodies to block out in the post. Keeping Calbert healthy will be key for Warren County, his presence is much needed inside and will greatly increase production on offense. On defense, Calbert will force the ball outside. Solomon loves to bang inside and his relentless pursuit of the basket last season on offense will only make him better on the offensive glass this season.
Other juniors include, Alex Yates, McCall Turner, and Logan Wilson.
The sophomores make up the largest group of the Pioneers this coming season and probably the one with the most experience on the varsity floor in this group is Isaiah Grayson. Grayson proved last season he can mix it up with any of them. Grayson can play either end of the floor and has already played in some high-intensity situations last season as a freshman.
Wesley Jennings, Chance Hobbs, Cole Estes, Tyree Ladet, Lucas Patrick, Christian Locke, Caleb Newby, and Bunker Brock round out the sophomore group. This young group is loaded with talent and speed, not to mention some guys who can shoot from outside or put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.
Coach Sullens added, “I am very pleased with the group of young men chosen this season and with only two seniors the Pioneers are still a very young basketball team but with a ton of minutes and experience. This starts by building class after class of good character young men who understand what being part of a team truly means for their entire high school career at WCHS.”
Warren County finished the regular season with an overall record last season of 10-22 and no district wins. Several games came right down to the wire and just slipped away. In one of the most memorable games the Pioneers took district champs White County right to the brink in a double-overtime thriller in White County that most people expected to a very one-sided affair.
The freshmen will have tryouts Friday.