Thursday, August 4, 2011
Hawks wrap up successful summer on court
By BARRY BURLESON
Twenty-seven wins out of 36 tries is impressive but coach Naylond Hayes is cautiously optimistic.
“You’re never satisfied,” Hayes said, “but I’m somewhat pleased with it.”
The veteran basketball coach is rebuilding his Holly Springs High School squad. Gone are 10 seniors from last year’s team, which finished with a 20-11 record.
Only one starter returns and just four who played on the team last year. The bulk of the squad will be freshmen and sophomores.
“We have great potential,” Hayes said. “We just need experience, which is why we played so many games this summer. I wish we could have kept playing in July and August.
“I believe we will be strong at the point guard position, and at the power forward spot we will be OK, but we have some question marks, too.”
The Hawks played summer league games versus strong competition at sites like H.W. Byers, Myrtle, Blue Mountain, Senatobia, Olive Branch and Coldwater.
“It was a good summer,” Hayes said. “The kids learned a lot.”
When the 2011-12 basketball season tips off later this year, the Hawks will find themselves in a new Class 3A district – Region 1, District 1 – with Ripley, Belmont, Booneville, Alcorn Central and Kossuth.
“I like the new district,” Coach Hayes said. “The toughest team will likely be Booneville (the defending state champion). I think they only lost one player.”
It will be Hayes’ 11th season at Holly High after a successful coaching stint at Rust College.
He did retire from teaching at the end of the past school year.
“I don’t have to go in until about 4,” Hayes said, “but I will still be around the school at times checking on their grades and making sure they’re not getting into any trouble.”
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