Coach Everett Snyder and the Fairfield High School Lions are looking for a long tournament run this season, and with plenty of returning players back from last year’s 20-2 season, it looks like they have a shot.
“I have high expectations for the team this year,” Snyder told The Times-Gazette. “We have several seniors coming back that have a great deal of experience at the varsity level. And then we’re adding five players from last year’s junior varsity team.”
Snyder said his team’s yearly goal is to win the small division of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference and make it deep into the tournaments.
“If we can put team play as a priority and come together quickly, I think both of those goals will be attainable,” he said.
Despite graduating high scorer Ethan Putnam, Snyder said he’s optimistic about the scorers he has now.
“This year we are a more balanced team with the ability to have a different leading scorer each and every night,” Snyder said.
Snyder said his team boasts seven different players who could start throughout the season depending on the matchup of the evening.
“Each of these seven have their strengths and weaknesses, so that will allow us some flexibility with who we may start on any given night,” he said.
In addition to the team’s flexibility, Snyder said the Lions have plenty of get-up-and-go to take them through the season.
“This year’s team strength is our speed and our quickness,” Snyder said. “Hopefully we can use that speed and quickness to push the ball on offense and press on defense.”
Snyder said there are still improvements that have to be made if the Lions want to make a long tournament run.
“Defense is the area we are constantly working to improve,” he said. “We have to make that a priority and challenge the team to make that the most important factor in every game we play.”
David Wright is the sports editor for The Times-Gazette. He can be reached at 937-402-2570.