Griffin Charland is one of three senior captains for the Plymouth Bobcats this winter. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
January 06, 2021PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth hoop boys return all but one player from last year's team and will be looking to take another step in the right direction as the new season kicks off.
With a large group of juniors that have all been playing together for the past few years, mostly on JV, mixed in with four returning seniors, Bobcat coach Mike Sullivan believes the team can take steps in a positive direction.
But most importantly, he's happy that the kids are getting the chance to have a season at all.
"I'm so happy we're trying," the Bobcat coach said. "The kids I have, they're really thankful for everything we're doing for them, getting in the season and getting a touch of normalcy."
Sullivan notes that he hasn't seen the kids on the court since last March when the season wrapped up and he noted that the kids were a bit nervous about whether or not they would even have a season.
"We're going to have practice every day in the gym together, the kids are working hard and they're working toward something," Sullivan said.
With all but one player back from last year's team, Sullivan stated it's nice to have a group that's a year older and stronger, noting that a year can make a big difference in high school, in terms of both physical growth and maturity.
"That alone has helped us improve," he said. "The kids put in a lot of effort over the summer to play, they took some pride in trying to improve as a team and as individuals."
The Bobcats will look to senior captains Griffin Charland, Kolby Cross and Quinn Twomey and fellow senior Brycen Richardson to help lead the way. All four have plenty of experience at the varsity level.
"They all played a lot," Sullivan stated.
The Bobcats will then add a total of seven juniors to that mix, all of whom got some time at the varsity level last year but also played together on the JV team the last few years.
"We kept this group together the whole time," Sullivan stated.
The group includes Jake Crowley, Zach Puga, Parker Keeney, Will Fogarty, Kurtis Kross, Kyle Joyce and Tyler Stokowski.
"We're working hard to make sure we're at least competing every night," Sullivan said. "These guys are all about the team, all about trying to win.
"They want to see the team do well," the Bobcat coach added.
He noted that the Bobcats will be looking at a number of teams on the schedule that they have never seen before, as the regionalized schedule comes into play. Newfound, Franklin, Winnisquam and Gilford are all Division III teams, but all are solid teams that are well-coached and will provide good competition.
In addition to the aforementioned Division III squads, the Bobcats are also slated to play two games each against Kennett and Laconia. There are also two games with rival Kingswood on the schedule, but the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board, as of deadline, had not yet given approval for winter sports to take place at Kingswood.
The Bobcats are set to kick things off on Monday, Jan. 11, with a game at Newfound. They will turn around and welcome the Bears to town on Thursday, Jan. 14, with both games set for 6 p.m. start times.
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