The Wildcats’ basketball team had their first practice of the season Wednesday. Clark Cipoletta returns for his fourth year as Wildcats Head Basketball Coach.
Last season the Wildcats made a quantum leap going 26-7. They defeated North Forney in bi-district and advanced to Area competition. The Wildcats went 10-2 in district play finishing second. They return six players who received All-District honors. 6-foot-8 junior post Victor Iwuakor was the district’s Defensive MVP. Junior Keaston Willis was First Team All-District. Sophomore Michael Jefferson and senior Bryson Lynn were Second Team All-District. Junior Xavier Cork and senior Dedric Godbolt were All-District Honorable Mention selections. Tall sophomore Godsgift Ezedinma, also known as GG, suffered a severe hand injury during the summer and is still in rehab hoping to join the team at some point this season.
Coach Cipoletta says he and the players are excited about the start of practice. He says the team will miss their two seniors from last year: Ke’Ontae Dunn and Dane Rutherford. Coach Cipoletta says this year’s team can be pretty good if he can put all of the pieces together. He says Cork has grown a little to 6-foot-7 and has benefited from going up against Victor and GG in practice every day last season. Coach Cipoletta says Cork is really starting to come around. He says the team wants a district championship this season.
The team’s first scrimmage will take place at Sachse on November 4.