Winter sports preview

Hutch Cheyne, Co- Sports Editor

Basketball

Although boys’ basketball coach Drew Coffman may be new to Decatur, his expectations are no different than that of a seasoned veteran.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Coffman said. “You kind of find your groove pretty fast and you’re still kind of getting the hang of things but you know what you’ve done.”

While the team he takes over may have lost some of the height and talent from last year, the goal remains the same.

“We’ve already set some goals,” he said. “A district championship, we work on that everyday when we hit the floor.”

Coffman hopes to learn about the dynamics of his team by scheduling bigger and more talented schools.

“Whenever you play good people you find out what you’re really bad at,” Coffman said. “We play these bigger schools to know what we need to work on. The higher-level competition only makes you better.”

Games for Coffman’s Eagles resume Dec. 14 in Decatur against the Bowie Jackrabbits.

Soccer

Coming off a 2012 campaign, which saw the boys’ soccer team win the bi-district championship, coach Sean Akchin looks to continue the recent success.

“We have a lot of talent but we need to work on the mental side of things,” Akchin said.

Although the recent success has some fans and players expecting more, for Akchin it’s simple.

“To be as competitive as possible in every game and to constantly improve,” he said

Being the new coach the pressure to continue the winning is always there.

“The only pressure is to make sure these kids have fun and that we improve throughout the season,” he said.

The soccer season kicks off Jan. 10against Keller Timbercreek at the Timbercreek tournament in Keller.

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