Coach’s comments: “With Paul (Scruggs) leaving (after 2015-16 season), it gave us a chance for a new start a year early. This year became last year, so we aren’t exactly starting over. These guys are all battle tested; we finished third in Conference Indiana in a down year, and we beat a good Terre Haute South team at the end of season. We showed some potential.
“We have a solid core of four guys. They should be ahead this season in terms of what they learned. Our focus was to get bigger and stronger for this season. This group is unselfish; they play for each other, and that can make up for deficiencies you may have. We took everybody’s best shot last year because of our success in previous years. No one takes Southport lightly, and that was a compliment to these kids. I like the team we have. We are making progress.”