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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Frosh Viking hoopsters will rely on team speed in 2012

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  • RIPLEY - What the Ripley freshman basketball team may lack in size, they will make up for in team speed and quickness. The young hoopsters have been hard at work sharpening their skills and getting ready for a new season for the blue and white.
    "We aren't big but our team speed is going to win us some games. I have a great group of guys who are working hard," said head coach Luke Parsons.
    The frosh Vikings will run a "pass and cut" style offense that will take advantage of the team's agility.
    Luke Layhew, a skilled 6-4 freshman post player got the call up to coach Craig Harmon's varsity squad to provide some insurance to a team lacking in overall size and post depth.
    For the Freshmen team, there is competition at every position but some of the players are making an impression early on in practices.
    At guard, Aaron Wilkinson, Logan McCoy and Logan McKinney have stood out thus far. Wilkinson and McKinney have shown the ability to hit the outside shot consistently for the Vikings.
    Jeff Gibbs and Soloman Phillips have stood out at the three and four spots. The five-man position could be held by committee this year as Garrett Sturns and Kurt Pursley compete for the spot. The Vikings look to play solid defense and protect the ball this season.
    Also competing for playing time are Joel McDonald, Skye Stover and Chance Ranson, among others.
    George Thompson and Rod Lanham will serve as assistant coaches.
    Coach Parsons looks forward to getting his team on the floor and getting the season rolling.
    "I look for us to compete and play hard. We have work to do but we will get there,"

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