In Ludlow, the Black River boys' basketball team is coming off a strange year in which they literally had no season. A couple injuries, a couple ineligibility issues and overall very low numbers simply made it too tough to try and navigate through a season. Needless to say, a big disappointment for the players most of all.
However, the Presidents are back and ready to re-group under new coach Bob Joy, a Westminster resident whose father (Bob Joy) was a longtime and well respected youth coach in the area. Overall, the numbers have not improved a great deal simply because of the size of the school, but coach Joy likes what he sees so far.
The Lady Presidents are also coming off a rough season that saw them win not a single game. However, this sports writer witnessed a couple of those losses and to their credit, coach Peter Collins' players always played hard and more importantly , never put their heads down. Some of that persistence and sense of fair play should go a long way in helping the team grow from here.
However the Lady Presidents will only have nine players, three of which return from last year's squad, therefore, there better be in good shape and they will have to stay away from any major injury issues.