Story by Charlie Thomas
As winter comes around the corner, the 2016-17 eighth grade boys basketball team is ready for another action-packed season. A few weeks ago, coaches Mr. Josh Cole and Mr. Jordan Cole held a four-day tryout to create this year's eighth grade Trojan basketball team.
“The first day is always the hardest. This is the day coaches look for the kids with the best skill, good footwork, good shot form and speed,” Holden King, eighth grade, said.
The first day is all about drills. The zigzag, defensive slides, the 11 man, and the shell drill are a few drills the coaches went through.
The tryouts were from 3:30-5:15 after school for four days straight. Once the team was set, it was all seriousness and petal-to-the-metal for the team.
“I am very excited to play for the team and represent the school,” Caeden Kaoupuiki, eighth grade, said. “ I get to play with my friends which makes it really fun.”
Last year, the Trojans lost in a close shootout to cross town rivals Carmel Middle School, but this year the Trojans have a different coaching style and are determined to bring home the county trophy.
“This year we are divided more on the defensive aspect of basketball where as last year we were focused on scoring and good offense,” Sam Booth, eighth grade, said.
As the season gets closer and closer will we be able to see total Trojan domination on the court? These Trojans think so.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.