By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– There’s nerves obviously on the eve of the season for Jordan Sollman as he enters his first game as Varsity Head Coach in eight years at Dallas High School.
“A lot of it is just excitement. You’ve only been going at it for about two weeks here in the gym, the regular season…I’ve seen some of these guys in the summer. I’m just curious,” said Sollman.
Curious to see how they react to adversity and build from that? From their first team meeting, the Dragons boys team want to go out and play a complete 32-minutes of basketball and face that adversity accordingly.
It’s been since 2015 that the Dallas Boys Basketball team reached the 5A playoffs, reaching the first round before falling to eventual State Runner-Up Wilsonville that year as Sollman looks to build a foundation this year to build from for the years to come.
“We’ve also been preaching hard on building a new identy. There’s been some struggle in the last couple of years with previous teams, but it’s a new team, new vision, new direction of where we want to go,” said Sollman. “We have a lot of kids who are energized to start to build something.”
Putting guys in the right place to succeed, and with the combination of how they face and get after it with that adversity on a game-by-game basis will dictate how far this team will go this season.
The challenge within the dynamic of the team this season will feature how Jace Grillo reacts to a new cast around him considering he is the lone Varsity returner. But Sollman likes the kids coming up behind him like a Jeremy Beall and the Senior Leadership from guys like Blaine Dunkin and Carson Overstreet entering this season.
“(Grillo), he’s young still. Got time as a sophomore, but his adversity is going to be he’s seen a Senior heavy group to guys who have barely touched a Varsity floor. It’s going to be a different dynamic and see how he reacts to it,” starts Sollman.
“We got Seniors who are born leaders and it’s about taking those positive attributes and introducing to the kids and bringing it together to build a team. And what that team is going to look like and building that identity of what these kids want, what the program direction is going.”
The journey starts Wednesday on the road at The Dalles at 6:30pm before hosting Sisters for their home opener Friday at 6:30pm.