By: Sam Kersh
It’s been two years since Glenelg basketball last stepped foot on the court. Nonetheless, both the boys and girls team have kept the same confidence they had back in 2019.
It hasn’t been easy.
For most athletes at Glenelg, they only lost a few games in their 2020 season. But when COVID-19 postponed last year’s sports to the spring, winter sports, such as basketball, didn’t get a second chance.
Now Glenelg boys and girls basketball are ready to make an impact.
For the boys, it may have been a long break for the team, but the players are eager to begin their season and see a lot of potential in each other.
So far, Glenelg has already played in two preseason scrimmages and have been able to get used to playing together.
“We’re all really excited,” said junior shooting guard Alfonse Dello Russo. “It’s been awhile since we had the opportunity to prove ourselves and step foot on the court. I think everyone on the team is ready to make this season a good one.”
The girls’ team also expects a very strong season. It’s been over 6 years since their last state championship in 2016. Now, they will begin their hunt for another chance at the MPSSAA 2A state title.
Likewise, the long break hasn’t been bothering the girls. They are enthusiastic about their upcoming season and ready to show the rest of the county what they’re capable of.
“The environment is always competitive in practice and our team chemistry is great,” said junior center Lauren LaPointe. “Ultimately, we have very high hopes for ourselves this season.”
Both the boys and girls basketball teams won their season opener against Hammond on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
However, they certainly don’t plan to step off the gas; success is imminent.