ARGOS — Seasons don’t get much tougher than what the Argos boys basketball team has endured.
“It has been tough but I feel like the kids still have a good attitude and they’re working hard,” Argos coach Doug Snyder said. “Obviously we’d like to have a better record, but we’re still going into each practice preparing like we have all season.”
Even with six seniors, Argos came into the season with little collective varsity experience. Seniors Matt Hollar and Sam Edmonds were the exception and have led the team throughout.
“They have done a nice job, have kept a great attitude and have pushed the younger kids to work hard,” Snyder said. “I really appreciate their efforts.”
Snyder said seniors Duane Spencer, Dylan Colburn and Zack Smith have also maintained a positive mindset while showing consistent improvement.
“With a year like this, things could’ve really gone bad,” Snyder said. “I know the record doesn’t look good, but I’ve been very pleased with how those guys and the team have kept upbeat and keep trying to get better.”
Although he will be a one-and-done, Dutch foreign exchange student and senior Joep Schlosser has provided an uplifting presence.
“He’d never played basketball before he got here, but I’ve been very pleased with his improvement,” Snyder said. “I wish we could have him for another year but he’ll be going back home. He’s been great to have around.”
On the opposite end of the age spectrum, freshman guards Taylor Ogle and Dominic Cataldo have impressed.
“They have stepped up and played some good minutes for us,” Snyder said. “I think that’ll pay some dividends for them in the next three years.”
Brian Snyder has seen increased minutes since the Bi-County Tournament
“Brian’s shown he can do some good things offensively and is getting better at handling the basketball and on the defensive end,” Snyder said.
It hasn’t been the season Argos had in mind, but sectional play brings hope of a positive finish.
“Everyone knows Triton’s pretty much head and shoulders above most teams, but we’d like to see if we can be a spoiler,” Snyder said.