The Lancer boys basketball team is ready to hit the hardwood and will kick off their season beginning November 12.
Finishing in fifth place in the Trinity League last season and coming up short on a CIF bid, this year’s varsity squad knows that expectations are higher and that they can be better.
“I would say by all measure, we underachieved last year,” says Orange Lutheran head boys basketball coach, Chris Nordstrom. “The players are aware, and they’ve put a lot of time and effort in during the offseason to get better.”
The varsity team is led by a core group of seniors, including Utah State University commit Cade Potter, captain and three-year varsity player Isaiah Pope, as well as point guard Tre Anderson, who has been instrumental in leading the change in mindset and preparation towards this season. Add in senior transfer Makur Maker and some talented freshmen newcomers, and Nordstrom believes a CIF appearance is within reach.
“We have a talented group,” says Nordstrom, who is in his 15th season coaching at OLu. “So if we play to our ability and unlock that, we can do well.”
A restructuring of the schedule this year means the Lancers will face their Trinity League opponents only once within league play, which will not be an easy road. Letting go of past seasons, keeping distractions at bay and focusing on what is ahead will the be the keys to this team’s success.
“We’ve had our struggles, and nothing has been perfect,” says Nordstrom. “But the core is still here, and they intend to see it through. That points to their character and who they are as people.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88