HODGDON, Me (WAGM) - The Hodgdon boys team lost almost a full team of seniors from last years squad. The Hawks are fighting for a playoff spot and the new faces on the team are getting plenty of experience at the varsity level.
"When you lose 8 seniors it's hard to replace them and the boys have been stepping up. It gives them an opportunity to be able to fill roles they've never had to fill before. So now they're able to go out and be the leading rebounder or scorer. They've had to step up and take leadership roles that some of them may not have been used to. They're learning the roles as the season goes on," head coach Robbie Smith said.
"It's a hard job where we lost all five starting seniors. We have to start back at the beginning and a lot of friends are nervous and stuff like that," senior Wyatt Foster explained.
The Hawks don't have much height, but they try to make up for that with a strong effort on both sides of the ball.
"We're kind of small so it's hard to post up and stuff like that. We have to work a lot harder than normal to work on rebounding and other stuff like that," Foster said.
"We play excellent and defense and rebound very well and offense comes very easy to us," junior Josh Palmer added.
Smith says the team goes as his two seniors go, and that they have done a good job stepping up in leadership roles.
"Wyatt Foster who has been stepping up on the scoring end of things and also one of our leading rebounders. Dylan Oliver is one of our defensive keys and he's one of our seniors as well," Smith said.
The Hawks have played some very tough teams, but they see it as a positive.
"We play a very hard schedule, which is good. It may not pay off in the win loss column. Down the road as you're rebuilding it gives an opportunity to play against a really good team and hopefully they gain some confidence playing against better players. It may not help us this year, but it will later as we continue our journey through basketball," Smith said.