It’s hard to imagine how anyone could be thinking about this basketball season while the Badgers are in the thick of football, but some athletes and students already have their sights set on successful basketball season.
“I think we have high expectations for this year’s team,” senior Philip Vaughan said. “We’ve got a lot of returning starters, so I think we should be able to capitalize on that, and work hard as a team to accomplish things”
This year’s team has already set high goals for themselves and for their new coach as well.
“With the new district alignment, our district is one of the hardest in the state.” Varsity basketball Coach Jeremy Gamez said. “Our number one goal this year will be to make the playoffs.”
Coach Gamez replaces Sean Armstrong, who left for a basketball coaching post in Corpus.
“Some expectations I have for this upcoming year are hopefully we will work together harder and play as a team and be able to advance even farther in the playoffs than last year,” junior Cody Martinez said. “I also believe it’s going to be a better and more stable run program with new coaches this year, Coach Gamez and Assistant Coach (Chris) Werner.”
Leadership and motivation seem to be some key aspects for this upcoming team. Along with many athletic teams in our school, a group of senior leaders will add some experience to this year’s team.
“Last year we weren’t as tough as we were in the past,” senior KD Glenn said. “We have a lot of guys coming back from last year so that should give us an edge. This team this year may not have as much height, but we’re a lot quicker and athletic.”
The team last year had a successful season and made it to the playoffs, but fell to a tough Nixon-Smiley team in a bi-district match.
“Some of my goals are probably to be District Champs and do well in the play offs,” senior Devontrey Forth said. “We’re going to have to come out and work hard if we want to get that done.”
For this season, the main hopes obviously are to reach the playoffs. Although the district will be much tougher this year, the badgers are not fazed by this. With an experienced and positive coach, there’s no doubt that they will have an opportunity to be successful.
“For the past eight years I have been the varsity assistant coach in a larger school,” Coach Gamez said. “I have had the pleasure to work with several different coaches that have helped shape my philosophy on how a program should be ran. I’m looking forward to implementing my own ideas and philosophy into developing a successful program.”
Coach Gamez, himself is a graduate of KCHS, believes that growing up here and learning from great past coaches has shaped him into the person he is today.
“I loved growing up in Karnes City and graduating from KCHS,” Coach Gamez said. “Badger pride truly never dies. I’m excited to give back to the school and community that helped shape me into the person I’ve become. I have a chance to shape the lives of young men the same way my coaches did when I was growing up.”