The basketball season is underway for the Delhi High Hawks boys and girls squads, who each seek a successful campaign in the always competitive Southern Athletic League.
For the girls, head coach Arcelia Arteaga returns for her second year as they come off a one-win season in her first stint.
So far this season the team has started off 0-4. With four seniors leading the herd and five underclassmen in a roster of nine, it looks like it will be a rough season again for the lady Hawks.
The boys’ squad is almost just as thin with returning players, especially with only one senior on the team.
In his third year, Coach Eugene Drummond comes off a 14-12 overall record and 8-6 in the SAL. The team barely missed the postseason in a rollercoaster year that was without a doubt a good one.
“Last year we got the most out of what we had and we will continue to do that this year and continue to do things the right way,” said Drummond. “Our guys will get better and they have enthusiasm to do so. I can’t keep them out of the gym and these guys grew up playing the type of basketball similar to our system.”
The sole senior of the team is Dallas Gregor and with four sophomores and only five total returners from last year it looks like the year might be a toss-up, but the confidence that Drummond has with the teams progress should be shown on the court as the season moves on.
“We are really young and for us it’s to get better as the year goes on. We only have one senior and a small roster but we have 10 right guys,” said Drummond. “Finishing top three in league and making playoffs is great, but when you’re young you just look to get better and all that works itself out.”
Being one of the most inexperienced team in the SAL, taking into consideration the number of varsity minutes from last year’s players, Drummond has put together one of the most competitive schedules to-date for his team.
In their first game against a 5-1 Calaveras team, the Hawks held the Redskins to their second lowest scoring game this year so far.
“We are playing a legitimate schedule this year so wins and losses won’t be defined by the record, but on the improvement over the year,” Drummond said of his team's schedule. “Also have to thank our new AD, Matt Cabral. He has been amazing and really supported us and working hard for this team and that is big. The support from him and the school is just as big a part in our team’s progress.”
The Delhi Hawks boys will host Pitman High at 7:15 p.m. Monday.
The lady Hawks will host Summerville at 7 p.m. Tuesday.