BROWNSBURG — As the boys’ basketball season opens here in Hendricks County, questions abound for each squad. Three of seven teams have new head coaches to begin the season and the others face some sort of transition period to begin the year with the loss of key players from last season. Whoever can adjust the quickest to their new situation has the best chance of a successful season.
Avon won its third consecutive Hendricks County title last season and the Orioles have their sights set on that crown and more to begin the 2012 season. Avon coach Jason Young says he understands the rough road ahead for any county team trying to take a fourth straight title with the level of competition being what it is year in and year out.
“We need to improve every single day we take the court,” Young said. “We hope to defend our county championship and compete for a conference and sectional championship. We lost a lot of guys who played big parts in our prior county championship runs. I feel the county is going to be very strong this year and anticipate all six schools having good seasons.”
Avon lost several key members of its team after last season and the production will certainly be hard to replace. However, a strong senior class should help make the transition easier.
“We hope the senior leadership of Aaron Bode and Jordan Rhoades and fellow senior Justin Hubbard can lead us to another championship,” Young said. “Bode, Rhoades, and Hubbard have been great leaders for us so far. We’ll need them to continue to lead us in a positive direction and they’re going to have to play consistent basketball at both ends of the floor.”
Several Orioles received valuable experience last year and look to be counted on as Avon begins the year.