Fort Campbell | November 21, 2017
The Fort Campbell High School boys basketball team started the 2017-2018 season with the Blue-White game Wednesday at the FCHS gym.
The boys basketball team finished last season with a 0-7 district record, 4-16 regional record and 4-24 overall.
The Falcons are working toward significant improvement this year on both sides of the ball.
The Falcons fifth-year head coach, Stacy Harrell, said the team is ready to leave last year behind and start fresh.
“We made a lot of mistakes last year and it cost us some games, but these players are ready to get this season started,” Harrell said.
The Falcons have five returning players to lead the team, including juniors Jaylen Allen and Cameron Johnson and senior Austin Mergele.
Last season, the Falcons fell short in several close games. Harrell said this year the team is changing its game plan.
“We couldn’t pull out wins in a lot of close games and that was due to lack of motivation late in games,” Harrell said. “This year, I believe we have players that are going to work hard for the entire game and that is going to make a big difference.”
The Falcons Blue-White game included several junior varsity players, some of which could potentially make the varsity roster, Harrell said.
“There are a few players on the JV squad who are hungry to play and they may get a chance this season,” he said. “I want players on the court who want to play, want to hustle and have that drive to win.”
The white team won the game 39-37, but Harrell and the team saw the potential on both squads.
“We do have a lot of good talent, may not have tons of height and size, but we have speed and heart,” Harrell said. “I think we can win more games this year because of the intangibles we have.”
Ryan Sollom, Falcons senior guard, has a good feeling about how the team will play this year as well as his position on the team.
“I believe once we get our team chemistry together, I know we can be a good team,” Sollom said. “As for me, I’m going to try to be a leader for this team, even though it is my first year here, I am a senior so I need to take a bigger role.”
The Falcons have focused on controlling the ball and the tempo of the game in practice. Sollom said the Blue-White game showcased what they have been learning. “There were times in the game that were a bit shaky, but we played great and we applied what coach [Harrell] has been trying to teach us in practice,” he said.
Sollom expects the team to have a successful season and win a lot of games, but he also knows they must take it one game at a time.
“My goal for the team is to have a winning season,” he said. “I know we got to start with game one and that is what we are focused on.”
Harrell said the team needs to improve before their first game, but is impressed with where they are at so far.
“These players are focused, ready, locked and loaded, that is what I want to see going into the season,” he said. “They have high expectations for themselves and they know what they need to do to achieve their goal.”
The Falcons first game of the season is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 against Northwest High School.
2017-18 FALCONS SCHEDULE
Nov. 30 -- vs. Northwest -- 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 -- vs. Union County -- 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 -- at University Heights -- 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 -- vs. Trigg County -- 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 -- vs. Hopkinsville -- 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 -- vs. South Haven Christian -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 -- at Hopkinsville -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 -- at Christian County -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 -- at Hopkins County Central -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12 -- vs. University Heights -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 -- vs. Lyon County -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 -- TBA at Massac County, Illinois-- Superman Classic -- 8 a.m.
Jan. 22 -- at Webster County -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 -- at Crittenden County -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 -- at Clarksville Christian -- 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 -- at Dawson Springs -- 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 -- vs. Lyon County -- 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 -- vs. Christian Couny -- 6 p.m.
Feb. 8 -- at Dawson Springs -- 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 -- at Clarksville High -- 7:30 p.m
Feb. 10 -- vs. Clarksville Christian -- 7:30 p.m
Feb. 15 -- at Trigg County -- 7:30 p.m
Feb. 16 -- vs. Crittenden County -- 7:30 p.m