, Newburyport, MA


December 27, 2013

The known, unknown of basketball's early season


Triton looks to improve

Three games in, we can’t say that the Vikings have under-performed. It has been clear that the girls and boys are both fighting to turn around their respective programs. The girls are fighting an uphill battle doing so, as a down program in years past (2-14 last year) is looking for growth with a new head coach. Charlie Noonan has taken over the reins on the program and is optimistic for the future. Heading into the season, he was proud of his team’s attitude, saying they had great enthusiasm and energy. His only concern was how quickly his team could become accustomed to the new system he was instituting — something that takes time with any team or any program. In terms of this year, the overall win-loss record should be replaced with moral victories: small growth and progression throughout the season to develop their youth. If Noonan can keep his team focused on growth and excited for improvement, the Vikings should take steps in the right direction as the season progresses.

The offense and defense have both improved, and their win-loss record has as a result. After their first win of the season, Triton junior guard Cam Armand said that “their hard work had finally paid off.” The monkey is off their back for this season, as the Vikings now look to 2014. Last year’s record wasn’t terrible, as they finished 9-11. This year, while the Vikings are capable of making a run and earning a respectable record, improving for next year should be something that is kept in mind. Triton is losing just two players this year to graduation: Bradley Whitman and Lawrence Cuddy. The players who remain, though, should propel Triton to excellence in the 2014-15 campaign. Next year’s senior class could be lethal if improvements are made this season. The 6-foot-4 center Ellsworth Rogers tops that list — not many teams can match his size or strength down low, especially once Newburyport’s Guthro graduates this year. Also on the list of seniors next year are Kevin Clark, Cam Armand, Jack Germinara, Nick Venora and Corey Parsons, all of whom are playing high minutes and contributing. Look out in 2015 for the Vikings.

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