After a standout season, the Apalachee High School boys basketball team worked during June in preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 campaign.
Coach Kevin Morris guided his team to a 23-6 record last season and a Region 8-AAAAA runner-up finish. The Wildcats also hosted a state tournament contest.
“We’ve had a good summer,” Morris said. “We played in 23 games, two scrimmages and also went to Chattanooga for camp, where we went undefeated.”
In the 23 games, AHS was 21-2 against what Morris termed “good competition.”
The Wildcats return four starters (Kamar Baldwin, Kent Knowles, Alantae Billings and Wright Patterson), but Morris is concerned about replacing his top three players off the bench. With the graduation of Petr Mitrik, Jody Mathis and Katavious Merritt, the Wildcats have worked this summer on building depth.
“We are losing four of our top eight,” Morris said. “The way we like to play, we have to find a way to build our depth back up.”
While the Wildcats are now finished with their summer basketball team events, Morris said the players would continue lifting weights and taking part in some open gyms, shooting and working on their own.
“We did some good things this summer,” Morris said. “We hope to continue the success we had a season ago and look to make even more positive strides.”
Morris himself has provided stability for the AHS boys program and is the longest tenured basketball coach in the county. His coaching staff has also been in place for several seasons, helping rebuilding situations go smoother.