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Basketball arrives with a swish!

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Jaime Ortega Castro

To kick off the basketball sports season, coaches Connor Lusso and Mark Williams provide insight to their goals, potential setbacks and anticipations for the season.

After coaching freshman boys to now coaching varsity girls, Lusso knows basketball inside out. As Lusso begins to learn about his new team, he formulates attainable goals.

“[My goals are] for my girls to have fun and to be successful and get better at the game of basketball,” Lusso said.

While there are a few setbacks on the girls basketball team such as number of players and most of them being underclassmen, Lusso strives to create an environment that upholds high standards for his team. 

“By keeping practice fun, keeping it positive, getting the girls going and finding out things that they like,” Lusso said.

Knowing that basketball requires commitment and dedication, Lusso intends to focus on building bonds, a positive atmosphere and keeping practices engaging, yet challenging for his team. 

For the boys team, Williams returns to coach another season. After last year’s 6-18 record, Williams has many ideas and goals outlined for a more successful season.

“Our hopes are to be much more competitive this year, and I think we got some good team chemistry and team unity that we hope will translate to winning,” Williams said.

Williams mentioned that most of the players on the boys varsity team last year consisted of freshmen and sophomores. He hopes that the experience from last year will help the team.

Instead of focusing on the size of the team, Williams prioritizes his expectations for the upcoming season. 

“I think we have good student athletes,” Williams said. “They’ve worked really hard to try to get prepared for this, and I hope they get rewarded. But, I do know they’re gonna give great effort, I’m looking forward to watching them play hard.”

However, preparation only goes so far in a Class A conference. “We know we have a lot of challenges ahead of us,” Williams said. “Our conference and our schedules are as tough as anyone. We are lacking Class A size. You know as well as I that there are not a lot of 6’7” guys walking around the building outside of me. But, I say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Despite their various and unique challenges, both coaches and their teams hope to start the season strong and with determination.

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Claire Hughes, Staff Writer
This is Claire first year with Tiger's Eye News, she loves to read and write. She plays the saxophone and loves to play a variety of instruments.
Jaime Ortega Castro, Spanish Editor
Jaime Ortega is a junior at Fremont High School. This is his first year on the Tiger’s Eye News staff and he is currently the Photo Editor. Jaime is a member of Multicultural Club, SOS, Black and Gold Media, Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, Youth Leadership Academy and on Student Council.  He enjoys photography and helping ELL students get used to their new environment. Jaime is from Guatemala and he is bilingual. He loves to listen to Adele's music. Jaime Ortega es un estudiante de tercer año en la escuela secundaria de Fremont. Este es su primer año en el personal de Tiger’s Eye News y actualmente es el Editor de Fotos. Jaime es miembro del Club Multicultural, SOS, Black and Gold Media, Espanol, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Academia de Liderazgo Juvenil y el Consejo Estudiantil. Ama la fotografía y ayudar a los estudiantes del programa ELL a adaptarse a su nuevo entorno. Jaime es de Guatemala y es bilingüe. Le encanta escuchar la música de Adele.  
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