SCHOOLS OF HARDWOOD: Seasoned, WHS Indians

Published 10:54am Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WETUMPKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Demarcus Hutchinson
Demarcus Hutchinson

Head coach: Ed Rogers (1st season)
2012-13: Finished second in the Class 6A, Area 7 tournament; lost to Spain Park in the sub-regionals.
Outlook for 2013-14:
With 11 seniors on the roster, first year head coach Ed Rogers believes leadership will not be an issue.
“I’ve got a couple of senior will have that stamp of approval for leadership, and they are willing to lead,” he said. “When you have leadership like that, the others don’t have a choice but to follow.
“We’re hoping to win the area this year,” said Rogers. “Thompson lost a bunch of seniors just like we did, so everybody is going to start over 0-0. I feel with the talent I have coming back, we should be in the top-two, if not number one.”

Player to Watch in 2013-14:
Demarcus Hutchinson, C, Sr.
“He’s going to be very pivotal in post play. We have guys that can shoot the ball, but Demarcus Hutchinson has to touch the ball just about every time we come down the court. He should be able to make something happen.”

WETUMPKA GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Head coach: Ed Rogers (4th season)

Adrianne Armstrong
Adrianne Armstrong

2012-13: Finished third in Class 6A, Area 7 tournament.
Outlook for 2013-14:
The Wetumpka girls’ basketball team has set a goal of making it to regionals in 2013-14, according to fourth year head coach Ed Rogers. The Lady Indians return all but one from last season’s team and will rely on their collective experience to reach their goal.
“Our senior leadership this year has grown tremendously,” Rogers said. “We should do well this year.
“We got together and bonded real well over the Summer, went to a camp. We won the area two years ago and last year we came in third, I think this upcoming year, the seniors really want to go out with a bang.”

Player to Watch in 2013-14:
Adrianne Armstrong, PG; Sr.
When asked who would take a game-winning shot, Rogers did not hesitate. “Adrianne Armstrong, no doubt in mind my would take the last shot. But we have a good cast around her as well.”

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