Cyclone frosh lay foundation for new season

By Ivan Sanders

   When the Cyclone freshman basketball team took the practice floor, they had to learn their ABC's again. Not the alphabet type mind you, but the basic fundamentals of the game.
   The Cyclone frosh have been working real hard to eliminate critical decisions that might affect the outcome of their games. They feel that by focusing on making the right decisions before the season begins will help ensure that wins outnumber losses when gametime rolls around.
   According to Coach Danny O'Quinn: "Our team plays with a lot of heart. What we lack in talent, we more than make up for in our hustle and determination. I am very happy with the effort that I have seen so far this season."
   There are many talented players on this year's squad, but Coach O'Quinn will be looking toward three main guys early on. Andy Anderson, Stephen Bowers and Keith Crawford will be initially looked at to provide the spark for the Cyclones.
   Hopefully, these three can produce the momentum needed to keep the Cyclones at the top of the Watauga Conference freshman race.
   "I think we will be very competitive in our conference," added Coach O'Quinn. "We may not win the conference, but I look for us to be near the top."
   The Cyclones are looking forward to playing in the Watauga Conference because it will renew the Carter County rivalries of old. It will also be more competitive as the team will be playing against schools that are the same size of Elizabethton, and not two or three times larger in enrollment.
   Look for the Cyclones to provide many exciting moments for their fans this season. They are working with the dedication and vigor it takes to make for a banner year.
   If nothing else, they will most definitely be heads and tails above the rest of the pack in what it takes to win -- and that is the basic fundamentals of basketball.