By Robert Harris
The boys of Walled Lake Central are lacing up their basketball shoes for the start of the new season! After going 16-4 last year, the Vikings have high hopes of making it very far into the playoffs and possibly a State championship appearance. Chuck Spolsky had a successful season last year as it was his first time as head coach after the loss of Coach Butcher.
Losing Butcher was discouraging for the Vikings because of Spolsky’s lack of experience with varsity. Spolsky has only coached the JV team during his time at central. Respectively, he rose to the occasion and had a very successful varsity season.
“Losing Coach Butcher was a hurtful loss to the program,” said Tai Abiola. “But I was on Spolsky’s JV team when I was a sophomore, so I’m confident in him.”
Central also lost a few standout players such as TJ Warren, Tunde Abiola, and Matt Boulus. They were very talented contributors to the squad last season. Abiola and Boulus moved on the Michigan State University, and Warren went to Eastern Michigan University.
Senior captain Phillip Nelson has big expectations for the team’s season this year. “We’re going undefeated,” said Nelson. “We have a few returning leaders coming back that are seniors and they are leaders.”
Phillip has been on varsity since his sophomore year and has been steadily improving. “My brother Louis played on varsity when I was a freshman and he was my motivation”. “He was a leader on the team when he was on it, so that pushed me to be the same.”
After falling short last year to North Farmington in the district final game, Central started to evaluate how they wanted this season to be. The returning players have been preparing for this season and have high expectations.
“We’re going all the way to States,” says senior Tim Ford. “We’ve been working hard this off –season, and some of the players are looking good from last year.”
WLC Basketball Try-Outs are this Monday in the big/small gyms. Varsity try-outs are at 3:30 in the big gym. Everyone must be prepared to work hard because no position is guaranteed.