Coach Devin Clevenger
Clevenger takes over the program after being an assitant coach with the team for the past seven years. That familiarity with the team has already helped the transition for Clevenger as head coach. "I already know the kids and their personalities," he said. "They understand what I want. It's given us a pretty good foundation to start on."
Clearwater returns four starters from the end of the year. Adams is the returning leading scorer, but Clevenger expects the scoring to be spread out this season. Most of the emphasis will be placed on the team's half-court defense.
Clevenger has been impressed with the team's chemistry through the off-season. "They've really focused on 'we' not 'he,'" he said. "All five people are working together. No one is doing something on their own. It's all about one team."
Coach Chuck Reitberger
79-76 in seven seasons
Most of Clearwater's production from last season is gone. The Indians don't return much experience. But Reitberger knows exactly what the team has to do to stay competitive.
"We won't be able to get into any shootouts with opponents," he said. "We have to play good, sound defense and be patient offensively and I think if we do that, then we can be competitive with anyone in our league."
Tjaden and Jaax are returning starters and will be expected to pick up most of the scoring load. But Reitberger wouldn't be surprised if a different leading scorer emerged from game to game. Clearwater won't be able to rely on any one individual this season, it will rely on a total team effort.
3—at Haven; 6— Chaparral (Cheney tournament); 7— at Rose Hill (Cheney tournament); 11— Cheney tournament; 14— Circle; 17— at Collegiate.
4—at Andale; 7— at Maize South; 14— Wellington; 18-22— at Chaparral tournament (boys); 27-29 —at Mulvane tournament (girls).
1—at Rose Hill; 4— Mulvane; 11— at Circle; 15— Collegiate; 18— Maize South; 19— Larned; 22— Andale; 24— at Wellington.