The Mora Mustangs boys basketball team returns to the court this season with a squad of varsity players, an attitude of commitment and a spirit of exciting play.
Last year the Mustangs finished with a 10-16 overall record, eighth place in the Granite Ridge Conference and 13th in Section 6AA. They were eliminated from postseason play with a loss to Spectrum.
Head coach Curt Grachek had this to say about the 2019-20 season:
Q: What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: Although we were able to go deeper into our bench last year, this year we will go deeper still. Ten to 11 players will be our regular varsity players. Each player has the potential of being a starter, but most will likely have a consistent amount of playing time. We will have the option of interchanging players, and not lowering our level of play.
Q: What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A: The biggest challenges that we face will be our section opponents. Section 6AA is one of the toughest sections in the state. Teams like Melrose, Albany, Annandale, St. Cloud Cathedral and Eden Valley Watkins are consistently tough.
Q: How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
We consider the players that are most likely to contribute to the upcoming season, and we make adjustments to how we will execute our offensive and defensive strategies.
Q: What makes a player a good team captain?
A: It all starts with respect. A captain must be respected by his teammates. They can be a vocal leader or a leader by example, but they need the respect of their teammates.
Q: How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the basketball court?
A: To be a member of the Mustang basketball team, a player learns how to handle commitment. That is, they are going to be adjusting to a schedule for practice and games. They are going to be responsible to their teammates. They are going to have to handle adversity and success. They are going to experience the finality of their high school career, and the moving forward with another chapter of their life.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the upcoming season?
A: Mustang basketball will be an exciting game to watch.
The Mustangs open the new season on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home against Rush City.