As winter sports are beginning, the boys basketball team looks to continue last year’s success. The team, under second-year Coach Ryan Krohn, have been putting in work this past offseason to make sure this year is better than the last. The Spartans are returning seven seniors: Brandon Holladay, Adrien Baker, Owen Richardson, Dylan Calder, Jack Glandt, Mitch Johnson, and Brad Herndon. The juniors on the squad are Jack Campbell, Jack Tyszkiewicz, Marc Genreau, Drew Sesler, Ben Hemmelgarn, and Adam Cameron.
Last year, the Spartans went 17-8, making it to the third round of the tournament, where they lost to a strong Wilmington team, lead by University of Cincinnati recruit Jarron Cumberland.
This year, Coach Krohn has emphasized that the team needs to be able to rebound. The team may not have a lot of size, but it does have many offensive threats. They have many jump shooters, who if left open, will knock down shots, especially Senior Brandon Holladay.
Leading the team this year is Holladay, who averaged 14.2 points a game last year, and will be trying to increase that number this year. When teams in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference go to play the Spartans, they will try to shut the talented guard down.
However, they will also have to worry about Senior Adrien Baker, who will either get the lay-up or get fouled when driving to the hole. Teammate Senior Owen Richardson said, “his speed is incomparable to anyone else’s in the league.”
Senior Jack Glandt, the team’s tallest player at 6’4”, is a huge asset when it comes to rebounding. If players try to drive against him, they better worry about trying not to get blocked.
On November 28, the Spartans traveled to Mariemont High School to take on the Warriors. Turpin swept Mariemont by winning all three games. The varsity team showed strong offense through their shooting performance and passing of the ball. The final was Turpin 74, Mariemont 56.
Coach Krohn, in the locker room after the game, said, “If one of our guys is having an off night scoring, it doesn’t matter because we’ve got other players to help contribute. Every guy on our team can play, we go 14 deep.”
The Spartans next game is Friday, December 4, at Klinger Court against the Walnut Hills Eagles.