I'm getting lost in the transition of seasons

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

I feel like Elmer Fudd, caught in the middle of an argument between Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck; it's wabbit season. Duck season! Wabbit season.

Is it football season or basketball season?

I'm trying hard to get into the swing of the approaching basketball season, but with all the hoopla surrounding West Holmes football this fall, it's hard to change gears.

I go through the logical progression every summer from baseball and golf to fall sports as the seasons change, and it is usually an easy transition from fall sports into winter.

But not this year.

I did write my West Holmes girls basketball preview, and I've interviewed other basketball and wrestling coaches and taken some basketball pictures, but it hasn't quite pushed me over the edge where I delve wholeheartedly into the new season.

And that new season begins in nine short days.

The West Holmes Lady Knights entertain the Tri-Valley Scotties on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the season opener at the Dungeon.

And then, less than a week later, the Knights are supposed to host the Hiland Hawks in the tipoff of the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

I can't imagine the Knights will be in much basketball shape, as only two of the varsity hoopsters from last season, Donnie Dowling and Mike DeWitt, have been practicing on the hardwoods, while Gabe Snyder, Brock Macaulay, Brady Arnold, Keaton Leppla, Ryan Neer, Grant Hay, Layne Perone and Josh Neer are still grinding it out on the gridiron.

Basketball coach Jim Lindeman doesn't seem to be too worried about his athletes missing time, as long as they bring the same winning attitude they employ on the football field onto the basketball court.

After watching Snyder thrive as a defensive end this season, I get a better understanding of what makes him such an impressive and relentless rebounder on the basketball court. Not only does he possess great size and strength, but he loves contact and banging on people.

I remember the Knights of 2000 that made a long trip into the playoffs and the success that followed in basketball, thanks to the likes of Rod Taylor, Matt Cohen and other great athletes who played both sports back then.

This year's team is very reminiscent of the 2000 squad. Here's hoping they enjoy the same type of success.

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