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MHS JVs look to repeat as district champions

Captains of the 2009-10 Middlesex High School junior varsity basketball team are, front from left, Sherman Osborne and Shane Bristow; and standing, Malik Henderson, Juwan Reed and Justin Smith. (Photo by Larry Chowning)
The Middlesex High junior varsity boys basketball team will return five players from last year’s 13-6 Tidewater District championship squad.

The strength of this year’s team will be size in the frontcourt with  Justin Smith, Malik Henderson and Juwan Reed.  “They are big and athletic and not afraid of contact,” said coach Jason Daniel. “They have been working really hard in practice.”

Sherman Osborne and Shane Bristow also return and will make up the backcourt. They will bring experience and leadership to the team, said Daniel.

Six players on last year’s JV team are now on the varsity. “I think the team and myself have a lot to prove to everyone this year,” said Daniel. “I think every team in the district has a chance to win the championship and we are going to get their best shot.” 

The new faces on the squad include sophomore guard LJ King, who brings athleticism and toughness to the team. “LJ is a great addition to the program,” said Daniel.

Sophomore guard Darrien Fisher brings energy and depth at the guard position and sophomore forward Grayson Johnson adds depth to the front line and at the center position. Sophomore guard PJ Hart has a lot of potential and “a great work ethic,” said Daniel.

Moving up from the middle school team are freshman JD Diggs, a very quick guard and shut down defender.

Freshman Jonathan Shearin will get time playing at guard and “does a great job of seeing the floor and making good decisions,” said Daniel.

Freshman Jeremy Collier will see time at point guard and has lots of potential. Freshman Cullen Johnson will provide depth at guard and as offensive spark off the bench.

Coach Daniel will be assisted by Trey Johnson. “Coach Johnson is a great addition to the program as a former player and now as a coach. He has a great work ethic and can provide leadership and on-court experience to the team,” said Daniel.

“Coach Jamie Somerville has done a great job with the middle school team and  getting these kids prepared for the JV level,” said Daniel.
The varsity and JV boys basketball teams will open their season this Friday, December 4, against Essex at MHS. On Wednesday, December 9, they visit Lancaster. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games follow at 7:30 p.m.

posted 12.02.2009

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