Steinbrenner boys basketball Head Coach Stephen Williams is no stranger the the notion, “it takes time to build a basketball program”. In two seasons, the Warriors have been on the losing column too many times. It’s enough to compile a 7-37 record with five of those wins coming in 2010.

However, there is hope on the horizon for the team, as seniors Tyler Pope and Joey Maloney look to lay down a winning foundation in year three. It won’t be easy, but it can be done.

Oracle Class 7A District 9 Projections with 2010 records –

Chamberlain – 24-3 – The Chiefs are primed for another district championship in 2011-2012, after falling in the Regional Final last season. Chamberlain did meet the Warriors in a non-district game last season, and if it weren’t for a 18-0 first quarter run for the Chiefs, an upset could have happened in the 67-53 final. A lot of senior losses, questions will remain.

Wiregrass Ranch – 22-8 – In general, the old Pasco districts have never been as competitive as their neighbors to the south. However, the Bulls’ run last season was one of only a few from Pasco schools that stood out. With the girls’ team in termoil with ineligibility accusations and the abrupt resignation of the head coach, the boys were overshadowed throughout most of the year.

Freedom – 10-12 – The Patriots are one of three teams that enter 7A-9 with a losing 2010 record. Too bad they can’t play all of their games at home… (6-3 home record last season). While the Pats are a few additions away from being a serious competitior, a solid third in an otherwise weak bottom half of the district best suits their abilities.

Steinbrenner – 5-19 – To say the Warriors struggled would be an understatement. Especially in a district that saw Blake dominate and others fail. While winning remains to be seen on the horizon, it’s hard to believe the team can compete consistantly with the other three on top. 

Gaither – 3-20 – To use a Dr. Suess quote they “stink, stank, stunk” in 2010. The Cowboys were the losers of many close games, but the wins were few and very far between. The only real competition for Gaither, will be the battle for fourth place. At this rate it’s a toss up. A 19 point loss to Steinbrenner last year is the tie-breaker for now.

Oracle All-District Preseason Nominees –

Joey Maloney – Steinbrenner – Height and scoring ability tie in nicely for Maloney who averaged 12.2 points per game last year. The senior told The Oracle that he wants to go out on top his senior year and doesn’t want another losing season.

Reggie Hart – Chamberlain – The junior was great when the Chiefs needed him to be. A 16.7 ppg scorer in 2010 as a sophomore, he contributed to wins over Sickles…twice.

Matt Decandio – Wiregrass Ranch – Senior and tallest kid on the Bulls’ squad standing at 6-5 175 lbs.

Rico Kerney – Wiregrass Ranch – arguably the Bulls’ best offensive star.

News and notes:

Freedom did not have one junior or freshman on the squad in 2010, only sophomores and seniors.

Steinbrenner basketball is the only school sport without a winning season. Flag football accomplished a .500 mark last season.

For more about Steinbrenner basketball, pick up this month’s edition of The Oracle.

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