Cupp is trying to grow the Avon program and admits it is “still in the infancy of re-building,” and because of other sports basically becoming year round in terms of participation “every coach pretty much has to recruit in their own building just to field teams.”
To that end, 17 of the 27 girls on Avon’s team are freshman.
“I am blessed to have a freshman class with so many players who want to play basketball first, and our future is being built with them,” Cupp said.
Also contributing this season for the Orioles will be junior Shelby Connors and sophomores Paige Batalis and Megan Hunt. Cupp also expects freshmen Hannah Eiler, Taylor Speckman and Shelle Daniels to see varsity time this season.
Like most squads in all sports, playing better competition only serves to improve and hone skills needed to compete at the level the team is ascending towards.
“Our success will be determined at the journey this season takes us on,” Cupp said “Our team will be filled with my kids playing maybe the toughest schedule in the state of Indiana this year. We don't get a break any night, and I don't want a break. I want my kids to be severely challenged every single night. This is the only way that they will see what it takes to compete at an elite level.”
After a 15-6 record last season that led the Cadets to their second consecutive West Central Conference title, Cascade coach Don Helmick knows the type of competition his squad will see all season.
“We have had two straight 15 win seasons and won back-to-back conferences,” Helmick said. “That has put a bulls eye on us in conference as teams know we lost a lot last year due to graduation. The kids we have know how to win, they just have to decide if they want to put in the time the past groups have had to maintain the winning ways.”