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by Melissa Lishman, student writer

“I’m looking forward to games starting, and just to get things moving,” said returning player Jarrod Davis.

This will be Davis’ last year playing for HPU. He is a senior along with Adam Snyder, Patrick Towne, Brandon Lee, and Adam Reinking.

The Sea Warriors lost four starters from last season and have only one returning starter this year, Adam Reinking. In all, there are six returning players and nine new players for the upcoming season.
Coach Darren Vorderbruegge has not announced the lineup for games yet, however said he is impressed with every member of the team. The basketball players completed a six-week plan of strength and conditioning training for two hours a week from Sept. 5 to Oct. 13. Official practices started on Oct. 15.

Freshman Derek Macacias from Pembroke Pines, Florida graduated from Charles W. Flanagan High School and was voted MVP his senior year. Transitioning from high school to college, Macacias talks about the strength and conditioning sessions and said, “I wasn’t up to their physical strength; most of the players were more experienced.”

“ It was hard, but good for us,” said freshman Deonte Johnson, a graduate of Modesto High School in California. In high school, Johnson was named all-district, all-league, and defensive MVP in basketball.

Rishi Kakad, from Phoenix, Az., also joined the team as a freshman.
Just like practices are important, team building has also become essential for this year’s team. This year’s team has a philosophy: “Regardless of how high we can jump or how far we can shoot,” said Vorderbruegge, there’s nothing without the repect of team.

Mickey Wheeler, a transfer from Scottsdale Community College, gets a positive effect from this philosophy.

“ This is one of the closest teams I‘ve ever been on,” Wheeler said. “We have each other’s backs.”
Another transfer from Scottsdale Community College joining the team is Logan Wolf.

Their first game is Nov. 16 at BYU- Hawai‘i.

“ I hope everyone comes to all the games,” said Macacias.

Last year’s season ended with a 9-18 record.


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