Molallas boys basketball team has a rough road ahead. They lost nine players to graduation, and Lane Hull, who played last season as a sophomore and was expected to return this year, transferred to Wilsonville.
The team is young, comprised mostly of sophomores and juniors. The Indians do have three seniors playing for them this year, but only one with experience: Tyler Gengler.
Gengler is helping some of the younger and less experienced players. Its good experience to be a leader, he said.
As for the pressure of being the most experienced player on the team, Gengler said hes not thinking about that too much. I just want to work hard and get better as a team, he said.
In preseason, the Indians are on the road a lot. It would be nice to get Ws, Coach Tyler Kelleher said, but therell be no gimmes As always, the big goal is the league championship.
To reach that goal, Kelleher is staying focused on the present. We just want to go to battle every night, he said.
In practice last week, Kelleher iterated to the Indians that basketball is a tough game, both physically and mentally.
The boys looked good on the court, hustling for rebounds, listening to the coaches and to each other. If they keep their wits and maintain their determination through preseason, they could overcome the experience gap and do well in league.