Tigers open Monday

by Dan Dundas dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 11/22/21

The Paris High School boys basketball team will open its 2021-2022 season next week by hosting the North American Lighting Thanksgiving Tournament at Paris High School.

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The Paris High School boys basketball team will open its 2021-2022 season next week by hosting the North American Lighting Thanksgiving Tournament at Paris High School.

Tiger Coach and expectant father Chase Brinkley enters his third season at the helm of the Paris Tigers basketball team.

For the first time since 2019, the Tigers  are preparing for a regular season. The boys played a shortened season earlier this year due to the pandemic.

Brinkley is making sure all of the expectations for the season are set.

“The boys are starting to understand what works for us a team and for me and my staff,” Brinkley explained. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters, because we’re the one in charge of minutes. Not having a summer and preseason last year hurt that, but the boys we have now haven’t been around anyone other than myself.”

With a half dozen seniors graduating followed by a  class of only four seniors, Conor Breneman will be a focal point of the Paris attack.

“He was our only all-conference player last year, so we’re looking for him to lead by example,” Brinkley said. Breneman, he noted, has has already stepped up by showing up early every day.

“I mean everyday he’s here before everyone else and he’s shooting afterwards to the point where I have to force him to leave,” the Tiger coach said.

Also returning for the Tigers are seniors Ethan Dick, Braylon Nugent and Bryan Kohlmeyer.

There are six juniors on the varsity with several having put in minutes in the shortened season.

Interestingly, there is not a center listed on the roster. Junior Tre Lee is 6-4 and listed as a guard/forward. Zach Farnham is a 6-1 junior who saw an abundance of minutes last season. The tallest on the roster is 6-5 Garrett Lorrance who also has some varsity experience.

As for younger players that could fill out the rotation or gain some meaningful minutes, one player Brinkley noted was sophomore Drake Bartos.

“He is an underclassman that has had a great summer and preseason,” Brinksley said. “Hopefully he continues being aggressive and can help us out this year.”

Others listed on the roster are juniors Kody Crampton, Reed Stuck and Brady Crippes.

Paris opens its season in the round robin NAL Tourney at 7 p.m. Monday when the Tigers face South Vermillion, Ind. That game is preceded by the Goergetown-Ridge Farm-Charleston contest at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Paris will play Mt. Zion at 7 p.m. preceded at 5:30 p.m. by the Charleston-South Vermillion game. On Wednesday, Mt. Zion and South Vermillion square off at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Paris andGeorgetwon-Ridge Farm.

The tourney wraps up Friday beginning at noon when GTRF plays  Mt. Zion at noon, followed by old rivals Charleston and Paris at 1:30 p.m. South Vermilion and GTRF will play at 3 p.m., followed by Charleston and Mt. Zion at 4:30 p.m.

That staff is made up of assistant coaches Zach Walls and Rod Roderick have experience during different eras wearing a Tigers uniform. Brinkley noted, “First off, they bring energy and intensity to every practice. They are extremely knowledgeable and it makes my job so much easier.” He went on to add, “If I’m up coaching the varsity guys, I don’t have to worry about what coach Roderick is teaching the younger guys, and vice versa when I go down and talk to the younger guys, I know coach Walls has everything covered. I couldn’t ask for better men to go to work with every day.

As for younger players that could fill out the rotation or gain some meaningful minutes, one player Coach Brinkley noted was Drake Bartos. “He is an underclassman that has had a great summer and preseason. Hopefully he continues being aggressive and can help us out this year.”

Being a multiyear starter in the late 2000’s followed by two seasons at Olney Central College, Brinkley still loves being out on the court.

“The competitiveness is probably the thing I enjoy the most,” he said. “That goes for everything. I want to win ball games, and everything we do is to ultimately win. More than winning though, I want to be great at helping a kid use basketball to change his attitude, his work ethic and the way he carries himself.

Brinkley emphasized the need for each playyer to be “an example of what we teach every day.”

“Just take it day by day and try to get better at one thing that we weren’t great at the day before. Work hard, focus on the details, and be a good teammate. Everything else takes care of itself it they do those things,” he concluded.