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Preseason intensity builds before the show begins
Nate Britton
Antelope Staff

Last year the Loper basketball team ended their season with a record of 11 wins and 15 losses. They lost some of their starters, leaving them with three returnees, and only have one senior on the team.

Still, the team as a whole seems to be happy with the outcome of the recruiting, so that helps team spirit.

Co-head coach Tom Kropp says his team may be young, but their strength lies in their depth. “One thing we do not have to worry about is being plagued by injuries because we have a lot of players at every position,” Kropp said.

Kropp says his young and inexperienced team would have to improve as the season goes on. He said that the one returning senior would have to step into the leadership shoes for this team to have a little direction.

“All three of our returning starters averaged 10 points a game last season, so that will help as this year takes off, but our major aspect we coach is defense— because a good D can keep you in any game,” Kropp said.

Josiah Parker, a senior business management major from Lincoln, agrees with the team about the success of the recruiting. “The coaches really brought in some good scorers and a lot of sizes, so that should help our team out a lot,” Parker said.

He said his position as the only senior on the team does present some challenges, but he can work on his leadership skills and feels he is ready to take on the role as a team leader. Parker plans to work on his game as well as help the younger players improve theirs. “I need to work on becoming a major defensive threat on the court as well as strengthen my rebounding,” Parker said.

Parker said they have been practicing hard during the preseason and will continue with the same intensity all season long. However, he is really excited for the UNO game and hopes the young recruits will learn something from that game as well.

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