Hoops going back to its roots

A new beginning under a former coach

Max McCarville, sports reporter

A new season has come for the boys varsity basketball team at SJCA. With this new season comes a new coach ready to lead this squad back to its winning ways. The boys team got back to work November 23, the late start due to the pandemic and because of the COVID-19 guidelines set by the WIAA. 

New head coach Jose Garcia has made his way back to SJCA after graduating from the school in 2003. Garcia was also an assistant coach for the Lancers back in 2017 when Jose Winston ended his reign. Since then he has remained a part of Kenosha basketball, having been an assistant in the Carthage College program. 

This season the Lancers have many returning players, including juniors Andrew Alia, Caiden Lecce, and Caden Tolfree. They are key players who plan to continue their tear through the Metro Classic Conference. With a new class of seniors to round out the roster, Coach Garcia plans to bring every piece of the puzzle together to drive this team deep into the playoffs.

The senior class looks to have a lot more depth than in past years with returning players Max McCarville, Anthony Washington, Cole Patrick, Sa’iid Robinson, Tyler Michel, and Robert Jenewein working to make a big impact on the season.

With captains Caiden Lecce, Andrew Alia, and Max McCarville leading the way, the Lancers hope to prove that even though they do not have much size, they can compete with top teams in this conference.

Coach Garcia states, “This year I look forward to taking the next step and leading this team back to its winning ways just like when I played here.” He also added, “When I was here we went to state three out of my four years here, and I plan to do the same coaching.”

Last year, the season ended with an 11-14 record, fifth in the Metro Classic Conference standings. This year, the Lancers are looking to assert themselves, and establish a reputation as one of the big dogs in the conference for years to come. Junior Andrew Alia said, “I think we will be pretty good this year, it’ll be fun to see how Coach Garcia and all the other coaches take on this season.”

This season will definitely be an interesting one, especially as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. All of the protocols and rules that teams have to follow due to COVID-19 definitely changes things, but the Lancers are up for the challenge. They hope to start this winter sports season off on the right foot.