Junior Varsity Mustangs Season is Going Full Speed

JV boys strive to get noticed with solid effort.

Jessica Oakley

It is early into the year, but IHS Mustangs’ season is in full motion. When you think of basketball, or any other story, you tend to think of varsity. However, the junior varsity team has also been doing well. Their overall record is 4-6, this may not sound too good, but the season is only half way over and we still have a long ways to go.

“Our games are a little shaky, but we pull together in crucial moments.” Said freshman Isaac Vink.

During a basketball practice, the boys all work together on ‘skill-drills’. When it is time to work on individual skill, this is when they separate to work within their team groups.

“We find it very important to have them work together and separately so they can get to know each other as well as themselves.” States Coach Luke Bycroft. They seem to work well as a whole, and individually. In their games, if one player is down, “It tends to pull the entire team down and they cannot do that to themselves. When we work in practice, if one memeber is down we try very hard to get the boys to positively bring them back up again. A simple slap on the back or an encouraging ‘good job’ is a great way for motivation.” Bycroft said.

“I like working with the upperclassmen because they are good role models, I know my fellow classmates may not like it as much because they want to be noticed as a good underclassmen.” Stated sophomore JV player Mason Ingle.

Many people pay more attention to the varsity side of things, not only the spectators do it. The IHS Mustang Sound only plays during the varsity games, the JV players “Want them there to pump [us] up too. I would also like it more if more people came to our games to pump us up and so we know that we have fans other than our parents.” Stated sophomore JV player Braden Plumlee.

As for room for improvement, “There is always room.” Stated freshman JV player Ethan Holloway. They strive during practice to improve on what they messed up on during games. “We try to be very repetitive and work on many things we are not good with during games” Stated Coach Nick McAnulty.

There are 15 total JV players, many of which play on varsity as well. Of them, there are three freshman; Ethan Holloway, Evan Sigg, and Isaac Vink. Catch them play Prarie View at Iola Middle School on the tenth of February.

Recently, the varsity boys have had a tournament in Burlington January 20-24. They played a total of three games, and won two of them. They lost by one point to Rossville, and they dominated by over thirty with Rock Creek, and only three points win with Santa Fe Trail. The varsity boy’s next game is February 10 against Prairie View.