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by Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer

It’s that time of the year again. The HPU men’s basketball team is preparing for its upcoming season and ready to make a statement in the PacWest Conference.

The Sea Warriors ended the 2006-2007 season with a 10-17 overall record and a fourth place finish in the PacWest Conference. This year, they are pushing themselves to improve their record and focusing on getting better as a team.

“ (As for team goals) I don’t have a specific number of wins, but I’d like us to play better every month. That’s what we can control,” said Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge. “I just want us to be playing our best basketball in March,” he added.

The Sea Warriors return with five players from last year and have added nine recruits. The new players come from all around the globe, the farthest coming from Africa, Sweden, and Serbia.
“ It’s an advantage that there’s a core group of guys who know the system and can teach the new players coming in,” Vorderbruegge said.

Although there are many players new to the program, the team is progressing, he added.
“ We’re better offensively than we are defensively right now. We need to get better, but I think the team chemistry is good,” said Vorderbruegge.

Kevin Schneider, one of the three seniors on the team, agrees.

“ We have great team chemistry,” Schneider said. “We came together early and went on a couple of hikes as a team.”

Despite the positive outlook for the upcoming season, the Sea Warriors have been battling a lot of injuries. Miodrag “Misha” Radojevic, Logan Wolf, and Eric Wahlander, HPU’s three tallest players, are currently sitting out because of injuries. Radojevic is recovering from knee surgery, Wolf is suffering from a hamstring injury, and Wahlander is struggling with leg problems.

The team hopes the injured players will recover by Nov. 16, the season opener for the Sea Warriors.
HPU will face Golden State Baptist College in a nonconference game at 7 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center.


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