Sussex Tech boys and girls basketball teams open new seasons.
Last season was a tale of two seasons for the Ravens boys' basketball squad. Even though they finished 10-10, it was the start and finish to the season that Tech would like to have back.
The Ravens opened the season with five straight losses, and then they went on a remarkable run winning ten of their next eleven. Unfortunately, they would end the season dropping their last four in a row to just barely miss the playoffs.
With the exception of Troy DeShields, the entire roster from last year returns intact.
And even though they struggled at times last season, Tech showed some serious talent on the hardwood and proved they can compete with top opponents.
According to Head Coach Steve Perry, Kevin Larkin (junior), Javon Whaley (senior) and Duane Hopkins (junior) will make up the core leadership for the Ravens.
Perry is looking towards Sha'Wuan Sykes (sophomore), Aubre Allen (sophomore) and Trevon Cooper (sophomore) to make an impact this year as underclassmen.
When asked what goals had been put in place this year by him and his team, Perry's reply was short and sweet.
"We want to make the playoffs and improve upon last year's record," said Perry.
Under new Head Coach Chester Davis, the Lady Ravens made a three game improvement from the previous year.
Davis was brought in to not only improve the team but to try and change the losing culture that had overtaken the girls program as of late. And even though their record may not show it, the Ravens were a much more competitive bunch last season. While no one would come out and say it, wins weren't the most important thing for the Ravens last season. It was learning how to win that was important.
Last year's squad was made up of all underclassmen, and the majority of them will be returning looking to improve even more from last year.
Alijae Cannon (senior), Castaysha Lewis (senior), Thomeka Floyd (senior) and Prennay Doughty (senior) will make up the all too important leadership crew of this young squad.
Meanwhile, Coach Davis is looking for contributions from Para Washam (sophomore), Erykah Tolliver (sophomore) and Ciera Lewis (senior).
"We want to close the gap between us and the elite programs in the North," said Davis. "And we hope to make the tournament."