Basketball Teams Make Early Appearance In Top 5

December 8, 2017

Both the boys and girls basketball teams are ranked in the top five in the state after hot starts to the season. The girls are ranked number two in 7A in the state, trailing only Hoover, and the boys are ranked five in the state.

The boys have started off with seven wins and just two losses. They are also 1-0 in the area after a big home victory over James Clemens. Darron Howard has lead the high-scoring team, and has been nothing short of dominant, leading the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals through the first nine games of the season.  

“We’ve been who we are. We have played our style, we are an up tempo team. We are doing things on the defensive end with pressure and on the offensive end we are trying to play with pace. We stress playing our style and being who we are,” head boys basketball coach Jamie Coggins said.              

The girls have started off 11-1. They have won with great defense. According to head girls basketball coach Patrick Delay the girls are used to a high ranking so it does not affect the way they play. He also told me that the conditioning regimen that strength and conditioning coach John Turnbough has his girls on has been instrumental to their early success.

“I think it intimidates some teams when they see us coming in with a high ranking and they see Sparkman on the chest, but it works against us too because everyone wants to beat that team,” Delay said.

Both coaches said the high rank works as a nice confidence boost but other than that it does not mean much. Both squads will look to avoid complacency and continue to build on a strong 2017-2018 campaign that will hopefully lead them to the state championship at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

I think in general Sparkman has a target on its back because of the success of our program. I think people want to knock us off. We got to come to work, and we got to keep getting better and improving everyday,” Coggins said.


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