Coach White: Team Has the Talent to Go Far
By Charles Holmes and Bronson Peshlakai
Metro Sports Reporter and Editor-in-Chief
The Tri-C Basketball Team is already working hard at conditioning with a whole new team, except for returning player Conor Mabry. However, one key player that brought notoriety to the team last year has moved on to another college, and those shoes are going to be hard to fill, or not?High hopes surrounded last season while looking at a roster with the name “Joshua Reagan” at the top. In fact, for most of the season, Reagan was ranked No. 3 in the nation as an individual offense leader with 25.0 points per game. His FG percentage was 63.4 overall that was ranked 6th, and his rebounds per game overall was also ranked 6th at 10.9 – those numbers showing the power force Reagan had at Tri-C.
“You don’t replace somebody like Josh Reagan,” Men’s Basketball Coach Randy White said. “Guys like that come around once in every 10 years. Josh is a special kid. He had enormous talent around the basket. I think we will be more talented as a whole, as a team, this year.”
Coach White’s words shows the overall depth of this year’s roster. Last year’s season ended in a disappointing two-point loss to Lakeland Community College in the playoffs. White’s main concerns are not Lakeland Community College, but a championship banner.
“In our conference every team is a rival,” White said. “Owens was the champion last year. This time the bulls eye is on them; everyone is going after them.”
White plans to incorporate his personal coaching philosophies, “fairness and teamwork,” along with the talent across his roster to produce stunning results. Also, the team has some notable recruits this year that should help them along the way.
White is already familiar with one recruit, a transfer guard from Lorain County Community College, Doug Harper, who “possesses great talent” and mountains of potential. White coached Garrett while he was at Brush High School, and said he has “solid character in terms of being a good point guard.”
Another recruit from New Jersey is Garret Braun who stands at 6 foot 5 inches and is described as being highly talented and was No. 1 on the list of recruits this year.
Another strong recruit that should make a difference on the scoreboard is Cleveland Heights native, Aaron Ashley. He was a top-tier player at Cleveland Heights High School. He suffered a devastating leg injury and a serious illness in the past, but thanks to rehabilitation and hard work, he is back in shape and ready to play again, Coach said.
The coach is very excited about the season. He has a large assortment of new talent and one returning student, Coner Mabry, who he hopes to see take on a larger role in the team.
His formula for success is all about the team being a family. White is striving for the 2014 Conference championship and as long as this club plays as one unit instead on individual players . . . the sky is the limit.
In 2004, Tri-C was the national champions in the Div. II National Junior College Athletic Association.
“We are goal setters,” White said. “No. 1 is to win the conference championship, the 2nd goal is to win the national championship. We’re going to have to break the season down to set intermittent goals.”
Josh Reagan has signed on to continue his education and play ball with University of Rio Grande in southern Ohio.
The team commences their conference play in January.