By EDDY GIFFORD
Dade County High School Wolverine head basketball coach Mark Whitt gave the following insight to the upcoming season as the Wolverines were set to tip of the season Monday night at Valley Head, Ala. The Wolverines will play their first home game on Tuesday, Nov. 30 as the season gets in full swing.
There is a lot of optimism and excitement surrounding this year’s squad as they begin the 2021-2022 basketball season. Dade County looks to improve on last year’s 9-10 record, third place finish in region play and their opening-round loss in their first state tournament appearance in four years.
Head Coach Mark Whitt begins year two with the Wolverines and is happy to have three starters back this season. All-Region players Brodie Swader, senior, (8 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg), and David Cole, junior, (10 ppg, 7 rpg), along with Brody Cooper, junior, (7 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg), are three major contributors Whitt will depend on this year.
“All three can use their size and ball handling skills to create mismatches when attacking the rim. They are difficult to defend once they reach the paint,” said Whitt.
Seniors Everett Christiansen and Max Howard contributed many minutes last year and they will see those minutes significantly increase as they take on a larger role this season. Senior Josh Tinker and juniors Levi Moreland and Kade Pardue round out the roster, as they will add depth to this year’s squad.
“There’s a lot of positive things happening here with the success of our football, softball, volleyball, and cheer teams,” Whitt added. “Now, it is our turn to keep that excitement going.”
Get out and fill the gym to support the Wolverine basketball team!