by Colin Stravers
The PC boy’s basketball team is off to a rollercoaster ride of a start, leading off the season with a 3-1 record. The season opened to tough competition right out of the gate, facing ADM (75-68), Oskaloosa (70-76), PCM (81-44), Pella (54-52). The loss to Oskaloosa came in double overtime. “One of our biggest challenges was that we started off the year with some of our most difficult games, so we didn’t have much time to prepare,” said senior Scott Haveman.
As always the team will face tough competition in the Little Hawkeye Conference. “As always our conference is really good, especially since adding Indianola. Most teams have improved from last year in our conference,” said Haveman.
This season has eight seniors returning, which provides the team with experience and a good group of leaders. “We have a lot of returning experience, a record number of seniors. Also, we are very deep and can keep fresh legs on the floor,” stated Haveman. This year the team was also pleased to welcome back senior David Kacmarynski, who was out last season with an ACL injury.
The team is ready to try and get back to Wells Fargo this year after taking home a third place trophy in the state tournament the previous year. To help achieve this goal, the boys took early action this season. “A lot of our players were involved in football, so we started off the year in pretty good shape,” said senior Alex Pringle.
The boys will be playing away against Ballard on December 22 and leading off the new year with an away game against Grinnell on January 6.