Both junior high and senior high Mansfield Tiger basketball teams have been busy busy busy since summer started. Over a two day period, the junior and senior squads took on Waldron’s basketball camp where they went head to head with many other talented schools. On the second day, both teams went back to work during Booneville’s basketball camp where they saw much of the same success as the day before.
The senior high Tigers went 3-0 at Waldron against Nashville, Mt Ida, and Mountainburg. The junior high Tigers went 1-2 as they battled against the same teams as their upperclassman. During the Booneville camp, the senior high boys went 2-0 facing Western Yell County and Booneville while the junior high boys went 2-0 taking on County Line and Western Yell County.
Head coach for the senior high Tigers, Keith Dake, explained the performance of his players, “Sr High looked exactly like what they are. A team led by five seniors with an abundance of young talent and depth to complement them. We were poised and in control from the opening tip of game one and now through two days of camp 5-0 for the summer.”
Coach Dake went on to say, “Jr High is a team that last year finished runner up in the conference and district tournaments. We moved up four out of five starters. With a lot of new faces seeing varsity minutes, this week has been a great opportunity to get multiple guys great minutes and work to develop our young players. They have answered with tremendous hustle and determination in hopes to continue to improve as we prepare to attempt a repeat of last seasons success under new head junior high coach, Keith Stovall.”