CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - New year, same goals.
"Our standards don't change at Corbin, we talk all of the time about how we want to win championships," said Tony Pietrowski, Corbin Boys' Basketball Head Coach. "Whether that is the 2A this year, the Cumberland Falls, whether that is the District or Region, we feel like we are going to put ourselves in contention, that mindset hasn't changed."
"Every year we are looking to build off of last year so it would be nice to get back to Rupp and win more than one game," said senior guard Brody Barton. "We are always looking to build off of what we did last year."
The Redhounds have a challenge in replacing their two leading scorers from a year ago. But with the losses, it presents new opportunities for others to step up.
"We lost our two leading scorers so there are some big gaps there, but I think with me, Matthew (Taylor) and Brody (Barton) we can really fill in those gaps," said Chase Sanders, a senior guard for the Redhounds.
"I mean, they were tough losses but, that leaves a lot of opportunities for this year," said junior guard Matthew Taylor.
"Obviously losing Andrew (Taylor) and Chandler (Stewart) really changes the dynamics of our team but we've got a lot of kids who are working hard to step in and fill those roles," said Pietrowski. "Some obvious guys like Chase (Sanders), Brody (Barton) and Matthew (Taylor) but we have some underclassmen that really aren't well known that are doing really good in practice and we are excited about our upside and just continuing to work at it."
"I feel like me, Chase (Sanders) and Matthew (Taylor) really have to step up and become leaders on this team, said Barton. "The other players really look up to us and it is our job to lead them and show them the way because they really haven't been in a lot of opportunities like we have."
This year's group will look different, but thanks to some improvements over the course of the offseason and growth over the course of this year, the Redhounds hope to be back in the mix come post-season time.
"Coach P says this a lot, we just have to buy into the game plan and stick with it and really know our role, and if we continue to do that, we will end up where we want to," said Barton.
"I think a lot of kids have challenged themselves to get better. They take pride in wearing that Corbin uniform. The work ethic is there, the desire is there. We just have to continue to put the time in and I think by the end of the season we will be in the mix," said Coach Pietrowski.
The Corbin Redhounds enter the 2018 season ranked No. 5 in the boys' Alice Lloyd College Mountain Top 10.