Winter Sports Preview
With a strong freshman class and experienced sophomores returning, it looks as if Randy Smithson’s men’s basketball team will have a successful season. “I think this team has a chance to be really good,” said assistant coach Brian Jackson. “They have a strong work ethic and competitiveness, which usually equals a lot of wins.”
The five returning sophomores are expected to step up and lead the team and teach the freshmen. Returning sophomores are Raymond Anthony, Amani Daanish, Francis Koffi, and mid-season redshirts Schuyler Thomas and David Tolefree. “They have a year of experience and they know what our program is all about,” Jackson said.
After winning four of the last five Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles, the Cowley women’s basketball team is shooting for another this season. Led by Autumn Nichols, last season’s Eastern Division Freshman of the Year, the team looks to be promising once again. Six sophomores return, including Crystal Ashley, who was fifth in field goal percentage in the nation last season. Many freshmen will step into the lineup and try to fill some big shoes. Last season’s 28-4 record and a conference championship could be intimidating for the new players to handle. But assistant coach Matt Cole has no fear. “It’s early, but we have a good squad and a good group of people,” Cole said.