The Festus Tigers Boys Varsity Basketball team is coming off of an incredibly impressive 19-6 season and should be able to build on that success this year. They will also be looking to make a statement in the form of a deep stretch in the playoffs, after running into a buzzsaw last year in the form of the Farmington Knights, who eliminated them from the Class 5 District 2 Tournament.
Sadly, the Tigers will be without three key contributors in Desmond Davis, Collin Reando and JD McDowell, as those talented young men have graduated and moved on to the next level. Thankfully though, Festus returns a good chunk of last year’s roster with Arhmad Branch, Cole Rickermann, Collin Weinhaus, Connor Westhoff, Damarion Anderson, Hayden Bates, Carter Roth and Logan Cash all returning.
They also have the benefit of some new faces to improve their chances in (transfer) Eric Ruess, Henry Roux, Landen Bradshaw, Tyler Reece and Dante Bridgett. This gives the Tigers a solid crop of talented bodies to round out a formidable roster.
Ameritime Sports caught up with Head Coach Jason Therrell and picked his brain about some of the particulars of the 2021-22 season. Here are his responses:
Who do you see as being your top and key athletes this season?
“We have a lot of different players that can contribute and each night might bring a different key athlete for the team.”
What are your expectations for the team this season?
“My expectations for this team are that they push themselves to their limits in practice and reach their full potential as a group.”
What are the strengths of this team, and what aspects do you think will be a work in progress?
“I would like the strengths of our team to be defense, ball movement and pace of play. These are all a work in progress.”
What do you think of your schedule this year? What will be some of the challenges?
“I love our schedule. I think the home/home conference schedule is really fun, we play in two elite tournaments and we also play an extremely challenging non conference schedule.”
Mention any other athletes you would like to say something about. Maybe some newcomers, or athletes coming off injury.
“I am really excited to see Damarion Anderson play basketball again. He missed all last season with a broken arm. Other than that the overall development of the team should be exciting. These kids have worked in the offseason as well as any of my teams ever have.”
It sounds like expectations are high for the 2021-22 season, but work ethic and vigilant practices will be paramount. The Tigers have a bright future ahead of them and are working off of a solid base from last year’s impressive campaign, but it’s going to be a grind. Likely one that they anticipate and relish.
Good luck Tigers!