By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Shoremen have kicked off their preseason practices last week. They are looking to get back on the radar after going 5-20 last season and only grabbing four conference wins. They lost their last seven games of the season and are looking to be finely tuned by the first game. With the returning players and promising freshman class the Shoremen have very high expectations heading into this season.
WC is returning four seniors, three juniors and three sophomores. There are six incoming freshman joining the team this season. The team has a lot of experience this year. Junior Pat Morgan lead the team in scoring last season with 12.7 points per game, ranking him tenth in the Centennial Conference in the points per game category. Morgan also came fourth in the conference in three-point shooting percentage, shooting 41.1 percent behind the arc. Having the offensive spark return for WC provides a great deal to the Shoremen. Senior Sean Flanigan is the leading returning rebounder as he averaged 4.3 per game.
The team is keeping very busy this preseason as they practice six times and week and continue their Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning lifts. On some weekends the team will have double sessions in order to get ready for their first game.
To describe the first couple of practices Morgan said, “Practice has been pretty good so far. We are still working out some kinks and trying to teach and incorporate the freshman while also trying to get done what we need to do to prepare for the season.”
“We started off the season well with a great first day of practice. Everyone on the team is pumped about the season and has high expectations. Like always it’s been a tough first few days of practice with everyone adjusting to the conditioning but those are the times that can really bring us together to make sure we get the runs. The practices have been productive with freshman learning and upperclassman improving,” Connor Silhanek said.
When asked about the teams strengths Morgan said, “In terms of strengths, we have a good core group coming back along with some talented freshman that have the chance to come in and help us right away. We have a lot of guys that are similar but can all help us in different ways.”
Silhanek believes the team’s best attribute is their attentiveness to the game. “Strengths we have is our willingness to learn and get better,” Silhanek said.
The team is hoping these strengths translate into victories this season as they hope to fix the small mistakes. “We are expecting strong improvements from last season. We have struggled the past two years and we are hoping that we can learn from our mistakes and improve greatly this season,” Morgan said.
The Shoremen have the opportunity to get back on the radar and they look just to do exactly that. The team’s first game is in less than one month. They will open their season on Nov. 15 at Mount Aloysius for a tournament as they will face Juniata or Penn State-Altoona. Their first conference game will be held at McDaniel on Nov. 25. It will be interesting to see how the experience will help out the Shoremen for the upcoming season.