The Katahdin Cougars boys basketball team is rebuilding this year.Coach James McNally says the team lost six seniors from last year's team that finished third in Class D.
(James McNally):" It's a big transition we have three guys coming back that year that played any varsity minutes at all. One senior John McNally and two juniors who got some meaningful varsity time, but not necessarily tons."
(John McNally):" It's a building year we lost six seniors last year. I think we will have some good years in the future, and it is good to get these guys learning They are a great group of guys to work with."
Blake Howes is one of the Juniors on the team and he says there was been an adjustment
(Blake Howes):" Having three freshmen come up is a huge change because we have changed our offense and rotation. The three freshmen have stepped up and contributed very much."
James McNally:" The biggest hindrance we have had is the to the speed and physical play and the anticipation."
Caleb Giles is another Senior Captain on the team. He says that he and the rest of the players look to John McNally for guidance. He has been on varsity for all four years and has played significant minutes throughout his high school career.
(Caleb Giles):" It has been a big help from John he is the only senior who is a captain. He has taken on that role and really shown leadership."
John McNally:" All my life I have been looking up to the Seniors who left last year and now it is my turn."
The Cougars have three freshmen on the ten man roster and the squad has had some growing pains, but McNally says they are a great group of kids who never give up
McNally:" We don't have the win loss record that we wanted, but that aside the group of kids is probably the best group of kids I have ever coached at any level. They all get along and root for each other win or lose."