By Camryn Hoehne
The Clay eighth Grade basketball team has been working hard inside and outside of school to be successful.
Drew Grogan, eighth grade, has been working hard at practice and with his extra time goes to the Monon Center and practices to gain reps and get ready for his games. Grogan’s favorite part would be playing with his teammates that are his good friends and working together to get better as a team. Grogan grew up playing basketball, which is one of the reasons he plays for the Clay team this year.
Playing on the court isn't the only job on the team, team manager and eighth grader Will Simmonds plays an important part as the team manager.
“Some of my jobs as the team manager include during the game I keep the stats, keep score, clean jerseys and fill the water bottles,” Simmonds said.
As the season goes on, Simmonds feels the team will learn off of their wins and losses and use them to become better as a team. Simmonds was also the manager during the seventh grade basketball season last year and enjoyed it. Simmonds enjoys being the team manager this year also.
As the head coach, Jordan Cole has been through tough practices and hard games with the Clay eighth grade basketball players. Coach Cole has coached for eight years for the Clay Trojans and is his first year as the eighth-grade head coach.
Coach Cole has been an assistant coach for the seventh-grade team and has also been an assistant coach for the eighth-grade basketball team for six years.
"When looking at some of the team's strengths and weaknesses, the first and probably most important, strength that this team has is every single one of them is a good person," Cole said. "It makes spending time with them enjoyable because I know they care about each other. But, in terms of weakness, it's always difficult as a coach to get eighth graders to completely buy into the process and give their best effort each day.”
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.