Trinity boys enter new territory

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 10:40 PM

With more than 30 years of coaching experience, very few situations are completely new for Trinity boys coach Tim Kelly.

And so it is this year for Kelly, who will have a totally different starting lineup than the one that went 24-4, won the PAC-6 2A regular season and reached the conference tournament finals last season.

He was in a similar rebuilding situation for the 2004-05 season after losing all of his starters from a team that won the 2004 NCHSAA 3A championship.

That time, his new team started out 0-6 and then won 14 of its last 20 games.

This time, Kelly is looking at going with a lineup that will put four guards on the perimeter and one in the post. And he’s done that before, with the group that eventually won that 2004 state championship.

The starters on the perimeter are likely to include senior David Newcomer, junior Daniel Newcomer, junior Jarrod Rogers and transfer Brandon Earnhardt, who was a starter at Wheatmore last season.

Vying to become the starter in the post are 6-3 junior Alex McGavic, 6-2 sophomore Austin Sexton and 6-1 senior Evan Altizer.

“We hope to compete for the conference championship again,” Kelly said. “I think we can do that. We have good players, they just don’t have great experience playing together. They have played together some on travel teams during the summer but that’s not the same as on a high school team.

“I know they have talent. I guess the biggest concern is about their decision making and their ability to make good decisions with the ball because most of them haven’t had that responsibility.”