In our first installment of team previews for basketball teams of the Wasaren we’ll start in Clums Corners with a look at the Tamarac boys under head coach Eric Medved.
Medved, who had a successful run with the girls program in Tamarac a few years back, takes the rein of a boys team that is showing signs and fueling optimism in the Corners.
The Bengals will put a gritty, athletic squad on the floor and use that athleticism to showcase their strengths.
A trio of returning players in sophomore guard Bo Catherwood, senior forward Ryan Derby and senior guard Frank Zotto give Tamarac an experienced nucleus.
Zotto returns for his third year at the varsity level and his coach says there’s a lot to like about his senior guard. “Frank is a great athlete who has a toughness about him and he brings many intangibles that set a strong example for other players.” Medved added, ” A true “glue” player who makes the team go.”
Coach Medved likes what he’s seen from his squad thus far in their “willingness to put the work in to become a better basketball team” and “the positive energy and nice vibe” being established within the program.
When asked what his team must do to enjoy success this season Medved responded, ” In the Wasaren you need to make the next game the only game on the horizon. There are no “off” nights”, and that his squad and staff must, “treat every game as if it’s their last” bringing a “sense of urgency” to the floor every night.
As for top contenders in the league the head mentor feels that the title goes through the Panthers of Hoosick Falls and for that to change, “All other teams will have to prove they can go into that gym and beat them.”
Will the Bengals be a team that can do just that? Time will tell but with a nice core of returning players, an athletic roster and a new sheriff in town, look for the boys program in Tamarac to turn the corner this year and play meaningful games down the stretch.