Head Coach Corey Wiscomb can sense the excitement surrounding his basketball team. With the return of his entire team, Wiscomb is optimistic as well after taking his young team to the playoffs last season for the first time in five years. And his core guys have been busy, spending time in the weight room, doing plyometrics to elevate athletic skills and attending summer camps gaining valuable experience playing against AAA teams. The camps paid off according to Wiscomb.
“They’ve now played against some of the best players in the state of Washington and they are realizing they can compete with them,” Wiscomb said. “They’ve been doing the work and results are starting to kick in.”
On Dec. 2 the Vikings open their season with a 46-41 win over the Lopez Lobos in what a surprised Wiscomb said felt more like an inter-squad game.
“It was actually a difficult match up because literally only a few weeks earlier these guys were all teammates on the football squad, then they are competing against each other a couple days before their end of the season banquet celebration,” he said. “I’ve never coached a situation where the entire opposing team was hanging out in the locker room before the game as if they were part of one team.”
On Dec. 5 the Vikings won the home opener against rival Bush Academy 67-64.
“The game was nothing short of electric,” Wiscomb said. “The first quarter ended 14-14 and we led by four at the half. At the start of the second half we had an 8-point deficit, something that may have mentally phased us in previous years, but they showed their maturity and absolutely poured it on.