Wakefield Boys Basketball Returns Key Experience, Continue To Work On Defense

WAKEFIELD – With the start of the regular season just under a week out, the Wakefield boys basketball team looks to improve on their defense each time.

There are 21 members who will make up the Wakefield boys basketball team.

Head coach Joe Wendte will be entering his ninth season and said the team is working specifically on defense.

“Guys are really playing hard and really playing well together,” said Wendte. “But it’s always a scramble to get a lot of our plays put in and maybe a couple of defensive looks put in. So, we’ve been really busy working on about everything we can to get most of everything put in before our first Jamboree game.”

Austin Galles, Mike Clay, John Thomas, Brent Schmidt and Colton McCreary will all join coach Wendte on staff.

Coach Wendte added the Trojans will rely on the experience of their senior class.

“We have Cade Johnson who was first team all-conference last year as well as Eliseo Sarmiento who was first team all-conference,” Wendte added. “Then Hunter Schultz and Ryan Anderson both have starting experience. Juan Paredes is our last senior.”

Last year, Wakefield finished 18-7.

Wakefield will host Howells-Dodge during a Jamboree game on Monday, November 28. The girls varsity game will be played first at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys game around 7 p.m.

Coach Wendte mentioned the team has bought in.

“Our seniors are really working and the younger guys are filtering in below them,” Wendte mentioned. “Just working on remembering our plays, making sure we get the right personnel as well as coaches making sure we know the personnel that’s out there. What we can run and what we can’t and certain defenses we need to be in.”

The Wakefield boys basketball team will open the 2022-23 regular season at Pender on Thursday, December 1. The first home outing for Wakefield basketball will be against Wayne High on Tuesday, December 6.