Head Coach: Rian Richardson
2018-19 Record: 12-10
Key Returning Players: Anthony Atalla Josh Germaine Luci D’Ambro Devin Garland Tyler Dion
A year ago Mechanicville flashed the ability to play with anyone, and with plenty of returning talent from that squad, hopes run high in Raider Nation this season.
Coach Richardson likes what he’s seen thus far from his group. “Our practices have been so competitive that each individual has improved which makes our team better each day. Each player brings a little something different to our team in a positive way.”
Richardson highlighted his squads work ethic, ” We’ve worked really hard early, starting back with our open gyms in April.”
The head coach touts the Raiders speed and quickness as strengths that, “Will help us defend and create mismatches offensively” and “Our experience, which should also be beneficial.”
As for keys to Mechanicville’s success this season Richardson pointed to teamwork.
“We will need to play as a team and share the ball to be successful. Guys are currently learning their roles and if everyone buys in we will be competitive.”
Regarding his thoughts on contenders for the league crown Richardson offered, “We hope to be at the top when the season ends and we realize it won’t be easy. Hoosick Falls returns five starters that lost in the Class C final last year.”
The Mechanicville mentor concluded by saying he wants, “People to say that we play the game the right way.”
Look for that, as well as a run at the Wasaren title from these Raiders, this season.