YOUNGSTOWN — Since the boys’ basketball program returned to Chaney 4 years in the past, the Cowboys have been a profitable program.
Chaney has gained three straight district titles in these 4 years, however head coach Marlon McGaughy has increased ambitions.
“Some people are just happy to win a district title, but we’re trying to win a state title,” McGaughy stated. “It’s been a goal every year since I’ve been here.”
But attending to that time, in keeping with McGaughy, all begins with laborious work.
“With our schedule, we’re trying to make sure the kids are getting better each year, and that starts in the summer,” McGaughy stated.
Senior Josiah Gonzalez leads the return group for the Cowboys, however he’s anticipated to overlook the primary a part of the season as he continues to rehab and get better from a meniscus tear damage.
Chaney can also be hoping to have seniors DJ Waller and Jason Hewlett again. However, each gamers have been a key a part of the Cowboys soccer workforce’s playoff run this season, so McGaughy says they’ve but to hitch the workforce for apply. Because Hewlett has dedicated to having Cincinnati and Waller select between bids from Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky for soccer, there may be nonetheless an opportunity the couple will graduate early to allow them to enroll early of their respective colleges in January.
“So we’re pretty down at the moment, but we have a lot of young kids,” McGaughy stated. “So we’re going to go with everyone we’ve got here and we’re going to keep working and doing what we’ve been doing.”
McGaughy can also be excessive on two newcomers – twin brothers Donovan Johnson and Noah Johnson, who joined Chaney this yr after transferring from North Carolina to Youngstown. Latrell Kimbrough is one other returnee for the Cowboys who ought to make a step ahead this season.
Despite the early-season absence, McGaughy stated it is going to give the youthful gamers more time and alternative to develop and enhance whereas permitting the Cowboys to construct depth.
“I think it gives a lot of our young guys a chance to get better because our football guys are late,” McGaughy stated. “So I’m going to be giving some of our first and second years a lot of playtime so we can prepare them for later in the season.”
In phrases of his playstyle, Chaney does not deviate from what has labored for the previous few years. Expect the Cowboys to proceed to use a number of stress defensively and run throughout the ground to attempt to get out in transition on offense.
“We’re not going to change anything — we’re going to do what we do,” McGaughy stated. “We’re pacing and trying to flip teams and speed them up and get them to play at our pace.”
One factor McGaughy is noting about his roster this season is the shortage of measurement.
Center Clive Wilson graduated final season and this yr’s roster does not essentially have a comparable substitute for his measurement and athleticism, as an alternative providing a collection of guards and smaller forwards.
“We’re going to be a very small team this year, which I’ve never had before,” McGaughy stated.
To compensate and make up for the shortage of measurement, McGaughy stated he’ll want his smaller gamers to unpack and assault the boards more than up to now.
“However, we have a lot of athleticism to get us started, so I think we’re going to be okay,” McGaughy stated. “As a coach, it’s a must to be ready for something. I’ve at all times had large youngsters, generally I’ve smaller youngsters. So I’ve to be a coach and make these changes and I feel we’ll be nice.
Chaney is scheduled to open his season at residence in opposition to South Range on November 29.