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Sullens sets WCHS basketball tryouts
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Dante Elam, a rising senior, is expected to be a key contributor for the WCHS boys basketball team this season.

Tryouts have been announced for the Warren County High School boys basketball team.

All students who are scheduled to be in grades 10-12 will try out July 7. All rising freshmen will try out July 8.

Due to the large volume of players expected, times have not yet been determined. Email coach Chris Sullens at sullensc@warrenschools.com to be given a time.

“I don’t think we’ll be at the point where we can conduct competitive drills, but we have to have tryouts,” said coach Sullens. “We were hoping the TSSAA might lift some restrictions after the dead period, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

The TSSAA dead period is the last week of June and the first week of July.

Sullens says he is expecting in the neighborhood of 60 freshmen to try out. Being limited to groups of nine players at a time, he believes tryouts will stretch throughout the day.

This year’s Pioneer squad is expected to be led by a senior class that includes C.J. Taylor, Aiden Cummings, Dee Spates and Dante Elam. Those players were a big part of the team which earlier this year won the school’s first district tournament championship in 43 years.

“We feel good about what we have coming back,” said Sullens. “We’re just looking to find a little more shooting.”

The basketball team usually has a hectic summer schedule, but Sullens says all camps and tournaments have been canceled thus far.

“We’re in a holding pattern right now,” said Sullens. “About all we’ve been doing is having our returning players come in a few at a time and shoot.”

Like the rest of the sports world, Sullens has been thinking about options and what shape basketball season might take this year. He is hopeful school starts under a normal schedule because he doesn’t know how most sports could be played if there are still extra restrictions on school.

Even if sports like football are given the green light to return, questions still remain.

“What happens if one player on the team gets a case?” asked Sullens of COVID-19. “Do you shut down the whole team?”