BEVERLY, Ky (WYMT) - The Red Bird boys basketball team will have a much different look this season.
Longtime head coach John D. Wilson is no longer leading the Cardinals after stepping down following last season, and the top two scorers have graduated, but new head coach Bobby Joe Hooper has this year's team excited and optimistic about a fresh start, and the seniors want to leave their mark on the program.
"Schedule-wise we have a tough schedule this year; probably one of the toughest we've played in years. We open up with Williamsburg, and then we have Harlan Independent, and we got Berea, then we got Middlesboro, and so we go right on down the line," says Hooper. "I think our kids will be up for the task. I know our coaches are working hard, and our players are working hard, and we're thankful for that."
"It means a lot," says senior guard Brett Collett. "I've had a good experience with my last coach, but I think we got bigger expectations with our new coach."
"Over the years we've had a good experience and we've all come together as a better team, and it's going to help with our experience this year, and we're going to even try to be a better team than we were in past years," says Korrey Morgan, a senior center.
"It's a new experience. Our new coach has great experience," says Dylan Smith, a senior. "He played at all the levels, and encouraged me to be a better player and a better person."
"I want to put Red Bird, not just myself but everybody on the team, I want to put them, or help them, get to where they used to be," adds senior guard Jared Jones. "Back to the Red Bird glory days as you could say it."