Lima, OH – The Barons Men’s Basketball Team is looking to bounce back after a rough, injury riddled, 2012-13 campaign.
The Barons are returning last season’s 3rd leading scorer and top 3 point threat, Craig Manger. Manger twice scored 29 points last season. Also returning is Caleb Hodges, the team’s fourth leading scorer last year. In addition to those key returners is a large number of talented freshmen. The freshmen include point guard Austin Emrick (Lakota East H.S.), shooting guard Steven Sullender (Eaton H.S.), forward Derek Reece (Springfield H.S.), forward Heath Geyer (Botkins H.S.), center Trey Schroeder (Paulding H.S.), forward Mason Cajka (Perrysburg H.S.), guard Jerome Griffin (Otsego H.S.), point guard Thomas Nolte (Lima Shawnee H.S.), shooting guard Larry Fuqua III (R. Nelson Snider H.S.), and forward Jordan Barclay (Delphos Jefferson H.S.).
When asked about some strengths this year’s team has to elevate their level of success over years’ past. Coach Pittman replied, “As a whole, we have a very high basketball IQ and a lot of size.”
When asked about the team’s greatest needs, Pittman noted, “As with all freshmen, we need to play some games to get a full understanding of what we are up against. That is why we schedule the way we do, playing a difficulty schedule our first 4 games with Indiana Tech, Sinclair CC, and Rochester College twice, that will help us get prepared for ORCC play!”
We asked Coach Pittman about his schedule, and if there is one date that he and the team has circled. “I would say the date we are most looking forward to is November 24th, our first home conference game against MU Hamilton.”
Coach Pittman closed the interview with “I have high expectations for this year’s team. We are a hard working, talented unit with a drive to improve and reach some lofty goals. I think we have the ability to compete for a conference title and have a good over all record.”
The Barons started the season at home on November 1st with a tough loss to Indiana Tech, 52 – 79. Despite the loss, there were definitely moments that the young Barons showed improvements and potential for success this year!
Lima, OH – The Barons Women’s Basketball Team is looking to build on a 2012-13 Season that showed some signs of promise. The Barons finished the year with a record of 5 & 10 in ORCC play last season, but that record can be misleading as one win came against one of the best in the conference last year, Wright State Lake, and several losses were by very narrow margins including a double overtime loss to OU Chillicothe on December 2nd, 2012.
When asked about his overall impression early on during pre-season workouts, 2nd Year Head Coach, Phil Sensabaugh talked up the amount of talent they have that returned as well as with several new talented freshmen, like last year’s leading scorer, Junior Forward, Dionna Hurley. Hurley averaged 20.9 points per game last year.
Coach Sensabaugh was quick to point out some key dates on their schedule this year that he and the team have circled. “November 6th is our first game vs Sinclair, we owe them. They like to pressure the ball a lot too, and that is great for our preparations for ORCC play. On November 11th we play at Newark on Veterans Day, and that means a lot to me personally!”
When asked about some strengths of the team and an overall view of what to expect from Barons Women’s Basketball this year, Coach Sensabaugh added “I see us in practice coming all together, some particular flashes with some of the new girls. With the reinstatement of the 10 second rule, it should benefit us because we are a team that likes to put the press on. If we can get our transition game in gear, we should score a lot of points while playing better defense too.”
The roster includes, Junior - Dionna Hurley – Lima Senior H.S., Sophomores – Megan Luginbuhl – Bluffton H.S., Kaylee Hooker – Hardin Northern H.S., Taylor Woodie – Northmont H.S., Jennifer Post – Spencerville H.S., Freshmen – Kami Siefring – St. Henry H.S., Katie Stahl – Celina H.S., Danielle Bihn – Celina H.S., Lindsey Jung – Jackson Center H.S.
The Barons start the season at home on November 6th at 5:30 vs Sinclair CC here in The Hangar. Come on out and support your Barons!
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