| Mountaineers Making a Comeback
After last years' season of losing streaks, the Mountaineer basketball team is ready to make some changes.
2006-2007 Men's Basketball Team
The Mountaineers are growing in size, speed and, with only six freshmen players this season, also in age. Returning players have matured in their playing abilities. "We're realizing what we can and can't do, and that's a big plus," commented Head Coach John Mills. Returning players this season are Cody Hornsby, Melvin Brown*, Cory Schlesinger, Chris Wilson*, Donnie Hunley*, Tony Jones, Charles Wandera, Adam Kirby, Jordan Samuels, Brandon Peterson, Mark Irons and Thomas Klimas*. (*denotes senior status)
The men's team will have several tough, key games this season, including Cumberland College, a noted Berea College rival; Georgetown College, who lost to the University of Louisville by only 2 points last week; and UT Chattanooga, a game that may be broadcast on ESPN. "It's the toughest schedule we've had in the past few years," said Coach Mills, but "it's good for the guys."
Berea College will also be hosting the Pepsi Sodexho Tournament again this year. Teams slated to play on BC's court include Crown College, UV-Wise and Centre College. "Last year's tournament was very tough," commented Mills, "but we're more able to compete to win our own tournament this year." The Pepsi Sodexho Tournament begins November 17 and ends the following day.
With a thirteen away-game stretch, which the team refers to as "the stand," Coach Mills is hoping that the team's chemistry will work itself out, and that his upperclassmen will continue to help take the lead. "Some of them are on the right page," he said, "some are finding the page, and others have one foot on the page […] but at the end of this grind, we'll know who we are."
Overall, both Coach Mills and his team are optimistic about this season. "This is the year the team has a chance to make an appearance to the national tournament." said sophomore guard, Cody Hornsby. "There are many experienced players returning and with the depth we have big things will happen."
The Mountaineers are currently (1-0) this season, after taking on Kentucky Christian University in their first away game of the season. The final score came down to 96-81. The Mountaineers will play November 11 in their first home game against Milligan College for Homecoming. You can catch them after the Lady Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. at the Seabury Center.