When the Harrison High School boys basketball team returns to the court for the 2015-2016 season, it’ll be without its leading scorer and assister from a year ago, Cade Renicker.
The upcoming season looks to be a promising one though, as Harrison is coming off of its first winning season since 2011, a 14-10 campaign.
The Raiders begin with a home matchup against North Montgomery on Nov. 28.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Going into his fifth season as head coach, Mark Rinehart has reestablished Harrison as a legitimate contender.
“We’ve made a lot of progress,” said Rinehart. “I think our skill level is now comparable to quality 4A schools.”
With nine returning varsity players, Rinehart plans to rely on depth and experience.
Offense will continue to be a strength for the Raiders, with scorers Dominic Trapp and Jack Mathew ready to step up.
However, Harrison will need to find a way to compensate for the loss of five seniors to graduation, including last year’s leading rebounder, Isaiah Carpenter.
“We can be better defensively than we’ve been,” said Rinehart. “With a lot of balance and another year of understanding what we’re trying to do, I think that gives us the opportunity to be better.”
Point guard Matthew Roop and forward Aidan Hannon will look to fill the void with their talent and understanding of offensive and defensive schemes.
“We should be able to move forward and compete at a championship level,” said Rinehart.