Sebring welcomes back 4 starters from last year’s 8-win team

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After enjoying back-to-back winning seasons, Sebring took a step back last year with only 8 wins. It is worth noting that this will be the 100th season of Sebring basketball. The school has been synonymous with winning basketball. From 1967 to 1999, Hall of Fame coach Rick Brook (554 wins) led the Trojans. The school’s second winning coach is their current head man Brian Clark, who has won 170 games. “This group is ready for the big moments this season has in store for them,” comments Clark. “We have more players that are better under pressure because of the experiences that they went through last year.”

At a Glance

HEAD COACH: Brian Clark, 13th season at Sebring (170-103)

2017-18 RECORD (MVAC): 8-15 (3-11), 7th place

2017-18 POSTSEASON: lost to East Canton, 73-32, in Struthers Sectional Semifinal

KEY LOSSES

Collin Baia

Past 5-year Win Total: 54

Record against Top 10 opponents (since 2008): 0-7

Strengths 

The Trojans return 4 starters from a year ago in senior Joey Clark (14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 4.9 spg) and juniors Gabe Lanzer (15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Jake Hunter (12.5 ppg, 3.8 apg) and Zane Peterson (4.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg). Another junior – Trent Richey (3.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) – also is back after lettering last winter. The rest of the varsity roster includes five sophomores (Connor Shepherd, Matt Byrd, Dylan Johnson, Andrew Lamp, Frankie Lozoya). “This team is eager to prove itself,” says Clark. “Over the past year, the culture of the program has changed. That’s translated into a larger, more experienced roster that is hungry for success. Our offensive execution was outstanding over the summer and preseason. We shoot the ball well and have made big improvements in the off-season in rebounding and team defense.”

Area of Concern

Size is the main concern for coach Clark and his staff as the tallest player on the roster stands 6’3 (Gabe Lanzer). “We’ll be the shortest team in the gym each night. Developing depth to overcome injury and illness throughout the season will be crucial to us having a good season.”

Schedule

Nov. 30 – at Heartland Christian, 7

Dec. 1 – Lordstown, 7

Dec. 4 – at Struthers, 7

Dec. 8 – at Southington, 7

Dec. 11 – Western Reserve, 7

Dec. 14 – at Jackson-Milton, 7

Dec. 18 – at Springfield, 7

Dec. 21 – at Lowellville, 7

Dec. 22 – Heartland Christian, 7

Jan. 4  – McDonald, 7

Jan. 8 – at Waterloo, 7

Jan. 11 – Mineral Ridge, 7

Jan. 15 – Leetonia, 7

Jan. 18 – at Western Reserve, 7

Jan. 22 – Jackson-Milton, 7

Jan. 25 – Springfield, 7

Jan. 29 – Lowellville, 7

Feb. 1 – at McDonald, 7

Feb. 5 – Waterloo, 7

Feb. 8 – at Mineral Ridge, 7

Feb. 12 – at Leetonia, 7

Feb. 22 – Campbell Memorial, 7

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