Peyton McLaughlin and Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With basketball season less than three months away, members of the LRHS boys’ basketball team have decided to participate in a voluntary men’s basketball league to help build team chemistry and confidence for the upcoming season.
The men’s league is a league where old college and professional basketball athletes continue to play the game. The only other high school players in the league are from Sarasota Booker.
The varsity team from last year lost eight of its 11 players. This means there will be many new faces on the team this year moving up from the junior varsity (JV) team, or from new students who transferred to the school.
Junior Alex Baron said, “I love playing alongside some of the best players in Florida for a chance to win a state championship, and this league is a good way to start this journey.”
All men’s league games will be played on Sundays. Locations could vary from week to week.
Head LRHS basketball coach Jeremy Shiller explained his goals for the joining the league, “I just want to help the seniors organize a team to go and play against other teams that are at our level of skill.”
Shiller also said that it is a challenge to find higher-level competition to go against and that’s another reason that the men’s league should have another beneficial impact on the team.
“I have fun playing against older and more experienced competition,” said Junior Ryan Rodgers.