Natrona County High School Boys Basketball Preview
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County Mustangs have gone through a couple of changes this offseason. This year, the Mustangs are a younger team, as they only have three seniors this season.
Gibson Heathman, one of the few seniors on this team, knows that one big difference between this years and last years team is the amount of leaders they have. Heathman is ready to shoulder the responsibility of being on of this teams leaders.
“Not enough leaders cause four seniors there’s a lot of leaders, but I think me and IP which is another senior this year and Caden Farr, we’ll do pretty good as being those leaders.”
Natrona County had a record of 12-17 last year, and managed to make the state playoffs. They were eliminated by the eventual state champions Thunder Basin in the first round.
The Mustangs hired a new head coach as well during the offseason. Kirk Patik will be entering his first season as head coach for the Mustangs varsity team after being at the sub varsity level for three years. Having been with this group for years, Patik made sure the team had a much more involved off season than in past years.
“I think really what we’ve learned over the... Since Losing those games at state last year is just a lot of maturity. You know and we got great kids and we’ve put them through the ringer as far as summer camps, open gyms in the summer into the fall. We’ve got a great group of kids... Every time I challenge them whether its on the basketball court or in the community they step up and it’s awesome.”
The team has had considerable work done in the offseason, as they have played over 50 games and held open gyms throughout the summer for the players. The Mustangs start their season December 8th as they tip off against Evanston.
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