WAKEFIELD – After coming up just one win shy of qualifying for the state tournament last season, the Wakefield boys basketball program began day one Monday evening.
Teams across the state opened their first official winter practice on November 15.
Head coach Joe Wendte is in his eighth season leading the Trojan boys basketball team. Coach Wendte said the first week of practice is pretty chaotic.
“It’s trying to get everything put in,” said coach Wendte. “You got two weeks before your first game and you have Thanksgiving mixed in. So, it’s just trying to get everything installed, offensively, defensively, making sure that you got all your bases covered for the first game.”
The team has also mixed in a few open gyms along with their metabolic circuit lift over the past three weeks.
Austin Galles and Mike Clay will join coach Wendte on staff along with John Thomas (volunteer assistant).
Wakefield will have to fill some key components that led the team to a 20-6 record including a 14-2 mark through January. The Trojans saw improvement in the win column from their 2019-20 season after posting a 12-11 record two year ago.
Coach Wendte added the team will try to be as good as they can be with losing quality seniors.
“We’ve got spots to fill, we got spots that guys are going to be vying to get starting positions, seeing who’s going to come off the bench,” Wendte added. “So, we just want to play hard and get into good shape for that first game.”
This year’s team will be made up of 20 players.
The Trojans will play just two of their seven pre-Christmas games on the home court. Wakefield will participate in the Shootout on the Elkhorn hosted by Wisner-Pilger December 28 – 29.
“I’m excited with the group we got,” Wendte mentioned. “Guys I feel like are really bought in, they’ve worked hard in the off-season this summer, played a lot games, did a lot of work in the summer. Just moving into these first two weeks, I’m really excited to see what we have.”
Wakefield will begin their 2021-22 campaign with a Thursday night home series against Pender on December 2. Girls JV action will start the night at 4 p.m., followed by boys JV at 5 p.m.; girls varsity around 6 p.m. and boys varsity closing out the evening.
Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will have coverage of the season-opener for Wakefield varsity basketball on December 2.