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Young Arrows Expect To Compete In OCC

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/14/2013

Ashland had a solid campaign a season ago, finishing at 14-10 despite starting four sophomores on the varsity level. The team did however, have a solid trio of seniors that brought a great deal of leadership to the squad, an element the Arrows are lacking this season.

With just one senior on Ashland's roster entering the 2013-'14 basketball season, the Arrows will have to look to their junior class to carry the load. But the seasoned bunch says they're ready to take on the challenge.

"Being a junior and returning, I know that we have to step up and be a leader." Brett Vipperman says. "We've been working hard in the offseason and we're gonna have to step up and play like senior's."

Vipperman says that the team's lone senior, guard Cameron Fowler, has been a "great influence" and that the team "will be fine" with the leadership they have. Fellow junior Isaac White agrees and says he will try to fill the role of one of the departed graduates.

"We lost Drew Delany last year and he was really a vocal leader for us." White says. "I can step up and be a vocal leader and lead our team to some victories."

Arrows head coach Tim Fralick says he has seen steady improvement from his team over the last several weeks and complimented his players for the hard work they put in over the summer. Fralick believes he has a special core of players that have been playing with each other for a long time and that they should have high expectations for themselves.

"We haven't had the chance to talk about specific goals." Fralick says. "But I think that they would really like to make a push at competing and really being in the mix at least, for a conference championship."

Vippermann and White both said that they want to be where the defending OCC champion Mansfield Senior Tygers are  and they expect to finish in the top third of the conference standings. The Arrows open their season at home with Loudonville on November 29.

   
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