STACYVILLE, Me (WAGM) - The Katahdin Cougars won just two games a year ago. This season the team is already over that total, and part of that has to do with talent and coaching. The other part is playing a schedule with more teams in their division.
"We switched from the PVC to the Aroostook League. We're traveling a lot more up north, but we have a much heavier D schedule. I think it's more in line to where we are with our program and the size of our school," said head coach Jamey McNally.
The Cougars last season played 11 out of 18 games against Class C Schools
"We had a tough schedule last year, and our record didn't show how good we really were. This year I think we are going to do some damage," said senior Brody Guiggey.
Katahdin has some confidence this year and are hoping the early season success continues into February.
"We're ready to get to Bangor this year. It's been awhile since our team has been down and we're excited," said senior Hunter Craig.
"We've played some tough teams so far and played pretty good. There is things we have to work on and clean up a little bit. Some things are still sloppy, but once we get those things taken care of we'll go far," Guiggey added.
The team is led by a pair of seniors and head coach Jamey McNally says his team has more depth this year as well.
"Brody Guiggey and Hunter Craig, four year players and three year starters. Both athletic, can shoot and get to the basket. A lot of energy and hustle. They're both quick and they're our two leading scorers returning from last year as well," McNally explained.
"We have a couple of new kids and we just need to gel and figure things out and I think we're going to be one of the better Class D teams this year," Craig said.
Athleticism is something Katahdin possesses and they try to use it every trip down the floor.
"Our guys are getting up and down the floor. They're scrapping and anticipating and leading out with outlet passes and putting a lot of pressure on. Especially with Craig and Guiggey they create a lot of havoc out there. As long as they are focused and into it and got that energy going, it's fun to run with these guys," McNally said.