Basketball season off to dynamic start

by Teo Soler – Horizon Business Manager and Contributing Writer

The women’s basketball team officially opened the winter season Nov. 1 with a victory over Cottey College, 82 to 49. The men followed with another overwhelming victory against Ottawa, 122 to 73. With 10 freshman on the men’s team and seven on the women’s team, the teams may be young, but they’re dynamic.

Freshman Millaya Bray, Sophomore Hunter Begley and Freshman Savannah Villegas. Photo by Larry Bartel, HC Marketing and Communications

That dynamism has paid off so far as the men and women team’s record are respectively 4-1 and 3-2.

As Rob Ramseyer, vice president of student development and athletic director suggested, “The coaches have done a nice job recruiting quality student athletes.”

Jeff Jacobs, head coach for the women’s team said the team has improved a lot.

First year students bring more depth to the team and returning players, more experience,” he said.

Although the season has barely started, first year student are adjusting to their new college life.

According to freshman basketball player Brayden Handcock, “The adjustment was hard. Time management has been the biggest challenge.”

The success players have encountered on the court are in part due to the work of coaches off the court, Handcock said.  

“The coaches support help us to juggle between classes and basketball,” he said.

The Larks next challenge will be Wednesday against Metropolitan CC-Penn Valley at 6 p.m. for the women’s team and 8 p.m. for the men’s team.


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