Sometimes it helps to have one or two players to lean on over the course of a season. Sometimes it can be a team’s Achilles heel.
Sparks will not have that issue this winter.
“We got a really good group of kids that are fairly fundamentally sound and share the ball well,” Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. “And all can score at either an inside attack, or at the perimeter. So it’s nice.”
Schreiber said he has upwards of nine players who can be counted on to score during this winter.
He believes overall depth will be the strength of the 2015-16 squad.
“That’s going to be a big piece of it,” he said. “We’re not looking at one or two kids that need to produce every night … If we can get four or five (of the nine) of those to be on, we’re going to be pretty good.”
The Railroaders went 7-17 a season ago but with improved depth, and an expanded playoff format that allows six teams instead of four, the postseason isn’t out of the question.
“We’re taking small steps … Chances are a lot better,” Schreiber said of postseason aspirations. “With that, our league is going to be pretty competitive again so we have as good as shot as anybody else.”
Sparks opened its season last Saturday night Saturday night with a thrilling 56-54 win at Wooster after trailing by as much as 17.
“We spent the first two quarters, just dear in the headlights, first game of the season,” Schreiber said. “Then they just caught fire. So it was fun to watch.”
The Railroaders continue non-league play Monday at home against Reed in the first game of the annual Rail City Classic.