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Lofty Expectations For NCC Favorite Eagles

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/20/2013

It's been a successful stretch on the basketball court for Colonel Crawford, with trips to the regional's each of the last two season's. The team also has their eye on the final North Central Conference championship with a solid nucleus of talent returning for head coach David Sheldon.

The Eagles welcome back their top two scorers from a season ago in senior's Connor McCreary and Nate Klingenberger and also have some gifted young guys ready to fill the holes left by four graduates.

"We had a very successful JV and freshman team." Sheldon says of the program last season. "We just need to mesh in our JV and freshman that are coming up."

Colonel Crawford has four returning letterman to help bring along the younger guys, who played a part in winning back NCC Silver Division titles. Which is a big reason why the Eagles are the favorite to take home a third consecutive league championship and the senior's are well aware of the expectations.

"We got a target on our back." Says McCreary, who was 1st Team All-NCC last season. "Every game for the other team is a championship game and they're gonna want to come in and beat us, so it's gonna be a challenge."

"Everybody's been riding on us expecting us to win." Klingenberger says about the NCC title. "It kind of makes us want to go a little bit harder to succeed and to meet the expectations out there for us."

While Sheldon agrees that taking home a conference title is certainly an objective for this year's bunch, like all coaches, he's focused on the here and now to prepare for the mission.

"Every year the goal is to win the league championship." Sheldon says. "But right now our goal is to get better every day in practice. You don't get to February playing for league championship's if you're not trying to get better every day right now."

The Eagles open the season at home with Seneca East on Nov 29. Colonel Crawford's first league game comes two weeks later at Galion on Dec 13.

   
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