With his staff, a new job, and new players, Weaver says he knows what the key to his season will come down to.
“Our success will depend on the team getting confidence and staying confident,” Weaver said. “Our guys have to believe that they can play with the teams in our conference, county, and sectional.”
After four consecutive losing seasons, Cascade righted the ship last year and finished with a 14-7 record, winning a stretch of 10-of-13 games in the middle of its season before falling to South Putnam in the sectional opener.
After the graduation loss of two top players in J.T. Thomas and Jeffrey Hopper, the Cadets must find new scoring threats.
“We lost three important seniors who contributed nearly 53 points a game,” Cascade coach Chris Dubois said. “We must understand our roles and play more as a team on defense and offense.”
Helping define those roles and shape the team into Dubois’ mold are seniors Eric Bobadilla, Jake Canaday, and Daljot Bajwa.
“(They) will be asked to contribute in a lot of different ways,” Dubois said. “Jake and Daljot will bring strength in the front court, while Eric brings a stable ball handler in the back court.”
Returning this season as a senior is Colin Smith, the Cadets’ quarterback, who has sat out a couple of years, but returned to help the squad.
“He’s led the football team the last couple of years ... his athleticism will be much needed,” Dubois said.
Dubois also pointed out junior Hayden Suter as a player that will “need to be able to put the ball in the hole.”
Also expected to make an impact are sophomore Schuyler Hart and freshman Zach Butler.
“Both players have worked extremely hard and performed well in practice,” Dubois said.
For Dubois, Cascade’s success really boils down to the team accomplishing basic fundamentals so the Cadets can build upon those throughout the year.