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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen hoops starts for boys and girls

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Shen hoops starts for boys and girls

Shen hoops ready to rock and roll the rim

The hardwood floors in several different gymnasiums at both Shenendehowa High Schools began to take a beating Monday afternoon during the first official day of winter sports practices across Section II.

Both the Plainsmen girls and boys basketball teams looked impressive on the first day of tryouts.

While some faces will not be around after Saturday filling roster spots, almost everyone on the floor had talent, but then again, I'm not the one making the cuts.

The Lady Plainsmen return senior point guard Barb Shea and if I remember the faces, Carey Turner, Serita Holland, Kim Woodard and Meg Goodwin (as soon as soccer is over).

Coach Ken Strube, recovering from a car accident (he was actually hit by his own car, near his driveway by a lunatic attempting to escape from an earlier hit and run) and is recovering nicely, is excited about this group of prospects.

He won't brag, but did confirm that he is only nine wins away from career victory number 500.

As for the boys program, even if the Plainsmen don't win a game, they should be exciting to watch.

With the excitement and enthusiasm of a football practice, the Plainsmen went through the first hour of drills with precision, energy and almost all of it above the rim.

Shenendehowa returns seniors Brady Farkas, Kaelin Loose, Ryan Henderson, Joey Yund, and Tom Kukuk (if my guess of faces is close) but coach Tony Dzikas, like football coach Brent Steuerwald, hit the transfer lottery.

Texas-transfer D.J. Evans was a huge hit on the gridiron during the fall, breaking through the opposing defensive lines for big gains. While that was impressive, his main game is actually basketball!

On Monday he made the gym look very small, gliding up the court in a few long steps. He could be a terror to opposing defenses, just the way he likes it.

The returners looked solid, but sophomore Ryan Wilkins stole the show time and time again with his dunks and vertical leap.

The Plainsmen get right down to business, hosting their Tip-Off Tournament the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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