Williamston, MI: – The High School basketball season is just getting started in Michigan and the Williamston Hornets have got off to a fast start just like in recent years.
After graduating three great seniors last season, the Hornets bring back a talented senior class but have a new look with some younger players stepping in. The big returning seniors bringing back a lot of playoff experience are Sean Cobb, Case Conley, Trevor Fortin, and Joe Hahnenberg. And 3-year varsity starter Junior Mitchell Cook is running the floor at the point and shooting guard positions. There is a mix of old and new and with the talent this team has on it they could easily have 6 or 7 players a night hitting double figures. But the players are not out for themselves. They know the meaning of teamwork and what it takes to share the ball and sacrifice to get the win. And with their talent level, many teams are not sure who to shut down as any player could get a hot hand at any time.
The Hornets have jumped out to a 4 win start in commanding fashion with no losses against some very tough competition. And with a reputation of being playoff finalist or close to it every season, they’re wearing targets on their backs. Other team not only want to defeat them but it’s how they judge their own level of their team against such a talented group of players.
“We have high expections everty year,” Mitchell Cook stated. “Defensively, we are pretty strong but we have a few things to clean up. We just need to compete and play as a team because it’s a long season.”
There is a lot of pressure on them because many pundits have picked them to win it all this year in Class B and they are getting much media attention throughout the state of Michigan. They are the 7th ranked team in the state right now and it’s not going to be an easy road for them. On December 28 they will be playing in the Motor City Roundball Class against Pickerington (Ohio) Central, a team loaded with talent and is always competing each year for state championships, much like themselves. Plus their conference schedule which is loaded with great teams.
“We just have to take it game by game, “Cook said. “We have to listen to our coaches and play as a team.”
Williamston will be hosting Howell Tuesday night, the 11th.