The Caroline High School menʼs varsity basketball team looks to field a strong line up for the 2013-14 season with four returning from last years 14-11 team and providing strength and leadership.
The addition of players moving up from last yearʼs JV team is nothing but good.
Senior Aaron Lewis, who according to some sources was one of the best ball handlers in the Battlefield District last season, will be returning to the point guard position assisted by Jaquan Monroe.
Monroeʼs gutsy athleticism was displayed last year on the JV court as well as this past season playing football. Aason Pankey will add his abilities at the guard position with Will Howard making his presence known for a third straight year under the basket. Both Howard and Pankey played varsity football this year, enhancing their conditioning and physical play.
Rounding out the returning senior starting players will be Jaron Clipper at the forward/center position with an improved quality of play over last year.
At the end of last season, Coach Antoine Johnson commented, “We have some strong players coming up from the JV team that went 15-3 that have a winning mentality.”
Cavalier spectators can look forward to the speed of Mark Loving, a junior, at the forward slot. Loving has stated he will amaze going to the basket and it was reported that Loving has a strong dunk shot that will light up the gym. Adding power under the basket, juniors AJ Derricot (center) and Sharif Gardner (forward/center) are said to be strong defensively in addition to their skills on offense.
Since beginning his tenure as head coach in the 2011-12 season in which the Cavaliers were 9-15, Johnson has strengthened the record as well as the demeanor of the team. Last yearʼs squad improved to 14-11 after returning only two players from the previous season.
This year, team members have played together in various leagues in preparation for the season just beginning. Because of the competitive nature of the new conference system that was recently started, execution and team work are vital elements for the success of the Cavalier basketball team.
Returning experience along with the complement of the rising JV players looks to make 2013-14 a year in which the Cavaliers should be able to match up well with any competition they face.
The Cavaliers were scheduled to open their season on Wednesday with a home matchup against the Monacan Chiefs of Chesterfield County. Next week is a busy week for Caroline. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers travel to North Stafford, followed by a Friday home game against Colonial Beach and a Saturday night contest with host Deep Run High School in Glen Allen.