Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta gives The Edge strength, conditioning and skills program a big thumbs up. The program for Wildcats middle school and high school players started June 8 and will conclude after Friday’s (July 31) session. Coach Cipoletta says The Edge has been awesome. He says he’s thankful this time of the year and with current circumstances to be able to get into the gym and to get as much work in as they have. Coach Cipoletta says he has had about 98% attendance from his incoming freshmen to seniors group. He says it’s incredible how hard they have worked noting that they have shown tons of improvement. Coach Cipoletta says the players are in great shape. Before The Edge, Coach Cipoletta says he conducted Zoom meetings with the players and shared some ways players could condition their bodies on their own. He says the players really bought in. Besides getting stronger in The Edge, Coach Cipoletta says beneficially some players have lost weight while others have added weight. In a brief conversation, Coach Cipoletta used the word different over and over when discussing the upcoming season. He says this year’s team will be a lot different than last year’s due to the loss of four outstanding seniors. He says they will have to do things differently. Coach Cipoletta has already told his team they have the chance to be special but they will have to be special in a different way from last year’s team. He says different guys must step up this year. One of the great benefits of The Edge skills time is that it has allowed Coach Cipoletta to begin to install what he calls a whole new offensive system and a different defensive system that is designed to highlight the talents of his current players. Coach Cipoletta says his players love basketball and show no signs of burn out. After The Edge, Coach Cipoletta says he will wait for the start of school to work with players again during their athletic period. Basketball practice begins on the UIL mandated date of October 28. The different season coming up will have no tournaments or showcases. Coach Cipoletta says in recent years, those tournaments and showcases have allowed the Wildcats to face some of the most talented teams in the state. Still Coach Cipoletta has filled that void with some very tough opponents. Among the Wildcats 27 game schedule are contests against Tyler Lee, Rockwall, Coppell, San Antonio Cole, Faith Family Academy of Dallas, Dallas Lincoln, Mesquite Horn, McKinney Boyd and Garland Naaman Forest. District foes will include Hallsville, Longview, Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant and Texas High.