Boys basketball shows early promise

Jack Proctor

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Winter
sports are upon us. With games starting
and practices already underway, swimming,
wrestling, indoor track and field
and boys and girls basketball are ready
for the season ahead. All teams look
forward with their hopes held high.
The defending conference 20 champion
swimming team is returning all of
their swimmers except for four. Among
those, 17 made the state tournament
last year, one being sophomore Patrick
Townsend, the reigning 100 meter
butterfly 4A state champion. With all
of this talent coming back, the Hawks
swim team will have another spectacular
season, winning the majority of
their meets and going on to take home
their second straight conference title.
“We will win another conference
championship because we have gained
a lot of new good swimmers along with
the ones we already have,” sophomore
Ross Newton said.
Like the swimming team, the wrestling
team is returning many experienced
members. Tanner Lacey and T.J.
Allen lead these members as the two
remaining state champions. Young
talents, brought up by these seniors,
should also contribute to yet another
memorable season. If the team stays
healthy they will bring home a conference
championship, claim some regional
hardware and then possibly win
their second team state championship
in three years.
Indoor track and field has not seen
much success in recent years. Last year
only one runner made states along with
two others for field events. However,
all of these athletes are back along with
the three girls that made states for pole
vaulting last spring as freshmen. The
team should see a little more success
this year, especially with track and field
powerhouse Glen Allen High School
out of the conference. The Hawks will
send many to regionals and more to
states than they have in previous years.
“I believe that the distance runners
show great potential this year. It
should be a good season,” junior Will
Chesley said.
The boys basketball team is returning
their two leading scorers from last
season, Jason Wade and Alan Dabney.
This dynamic duo will be an offensive
weapon for the Hawks and a nightmare
for opposing defenses. The door has
been opened for these two to claim the
first boys basketball conference title for
Hanover High School as the defending
champion, Glen Allen High School,
has moved divisions and conferences.
With Wade and Dabney firing on
all levels, the Hawks will have one of
their best seasons to date and will be
crowned Conference 20 champions at
the season’s end.
“There is no doubt that we will win
conferences this year. We are going
all the way to states,” sophomore Nick
Zona said.
Girls basketball, similarly to the
boys, has seen no success in the past
few years. However, unlike the boys,
things are not looking up for them.
They have a young and talented team
that will see some success, catch a few
wins here and there, but with Monacan
High School in the conference it is hard
to imagine them doing anything in the
long run. Monacan High School boasts
ESPN’s number one recruit for the class
of 2017, Megan Walker. With that kind
of play in the conference, it will be hard
to get anything going. The girls basketball
team will win a few games, but
ultimately be knocked out early in the
conference tournament.


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