Underclassmen to lead Elk Boys Basketball

Similar to many teams across the state, the Elkton Boys Basketball team wished their season would have been longer as the team started to hit their stride. The Elks won three of their last four games with an average margin of victory of over 13 points in those wins.

“Last season it was too bad that we got cut short because we were really improving as the year went on, and it was evident,” said longtime Head Coach Gary Trout. “Just the improvement that we were making last year. It’s too bad that we got cut short because I think we’d be a little bit further along now.”

Coming into his 15th year as the head coach, Trout is excited about the turnout he has had with the younger kids and with the effort they have been putting in early into this season. 

“Basically, we had two juniors and three sophomores that had significant playing time last year at the varsity level (that will return),” said Trout. “That’s going to be pretty much our core group and they were starting to learn how to win and how to play together. We’ve been able to put a lot of time into just teaching them what is going to take, you know how hard they have to work. Now we’ve got a big freshman class coming in that has been winning at their level so we’re trying to get them accustomed and look at how we’re gonna win on varsity.

“I’ve got 15 kids on our roster, and they all like to play basketball and that’s fun. They’re showing up and working hard every day, wanting to get better. And that’s been a lot of fun to see that much enthusiasm. The kids are ready to go.”

The new freshmen for Elkton will have a chance to learn quickly this season as the team looks to continue its rise in the league standings with their first contest coming up Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. against Mapleton.

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