By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.—The Stayton Eagle Boy Basketball Team are looking to enter their preseason finale against Tillamook Friday night with some momentum entering the Oregon West Conference play Tuesday.
Eagles Head Coach Joe Kiser described playing well tomorrow night to turn their recent struggles, with a 1-4 record during their last five games, into a good one behind worrying what they can control.
“We always talk about worrying about things we can control,” said Kiser. “So our schedule, we don’t have a lot of control over where we’re playing, we take it day-by-day and didn’t care who we who we were playing or where we were playing.
“(We) took a little slide at the end of our Holiday Tournament. We lost to Junction City in a tough game, we lost to Astoria in a game that we played a good half and then played horrible in the second half. Getting a win Tuesday night was good and having a good showing tomorrow night will be important so we can feel good entering league.”
Friday marks the first game that the Eagles will be playing in front of their home crowd at Don Carey Gym in the 2016 calendar year; and with the focus on the here and now, it is exciting to be playing in front of their home crowds.
“We are excited playing at home in front of the crowd’s been solid so far this year at home, it does play a factor,” said Kiser. “Kids get more excited to play in front of their friends and peers.”
For Kiser, he puts a lot of emphasis on the OWC-play because of the rich tradition of winning league titles at Stayton and he knows that it’ll start Friday night with the tools they have to their disposal.
“We put a lot of emphasis on league play,” said Kiser. “These guys haven’t won a league title for a while, and at Stayton High School that’s a regular thing to be competing and playing for a league title. I think we have enough pieces to stick to what we’re good at and we’ll have a shot.”
But the focus for the here and now is the game at Tillamook Friday night at 7pm.
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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