Boys basketball preview: Carlton Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are young and have been unable to practice due to the pandemic, but hope to round into shape by the time the section playoffs begin.
Head coach: Shawn Filipiak
Assistant coaches: Ross Korpela
Returning starters: Spencer Rousseau
New Faces: Trevor Ojibway, Aaron Schilla, Kristian Herman, Colin Emerson and Danny Eggert
Team Strengths: "I expect us to go out and compete every game. Even though we might be outmatched in a number of games, I still expect the boys to put up a good fight," coach Shawn Filipiak said.
Biggest Challenge: " I expect ups and downs throughout this different and difficult season, but plan to have all the boys on the same page come playoff time so we can make some noise — if we can get playoffs," Filipiak said.
"COVID has put a strain on the time we usually have in the gym," Filipiak said. "With no access to any gyms, many kids haven't had the opportunity to dribble a ball in five to six weeks, let alone get to shoot and get comfortable with the ball again. We are going to be really rusty the first few weeks and games, but myself and Coach Korpela as a coaching staff look forward to working through this time and try to maintain a good routine for the boys, so we can still build and have success in this difficult season."