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2019-20 BBB Hardwood Preview: St. Louis Sharks

Introducing, the 2019-20 St. Louis Sharks’ Boys Basketball Team out of the TVC West.

Name, school, years coaching (total & w current team), and current conference:
Jason Luneack, St. Louis, 7 total, 2 current, TVC West

How did last season finish up in the conference (conference champ, best few teams, etc.) and with your team? What was your overall record?
We had one win in conference play. Valley, Hemlock, and Ithaca were the front runners.

It’s hard to predict the future, and with the conference realignments happening even more true, but which team(s) do you think may rise to the top of the conference this season? What about them makes you feel this way?
Hemlock or Nouvel possibly. Hemlock has three key returners with a fantastic point guard. Nouvel is deep.

Who are the key returning players on your roster from last season? What are some of the things they do to make the team better?
Cade Pestrue, Trae Garcia, Ethan Wilson, Patrick Hanley. Trae is our energy guy. Ethan is our leader. Cade and Patrick give us a nice 2-guard combo with either capable of playing the point.

Who is the up-and-coming player(s) on this years team you feel can make an impact at the varsity level? What makes you feel this way?
Avante Taylor missed last year with a broken leg. Has the size and skill to be elite.

What are a few of things your team will need to do this season to be successful?
Play as a team especially on defense. Communicate. Change our mentality.

What is your favorite thing about coaching high school athletics?
Forming relationships with players and practice.

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