BOLTON LANDING - The Bolton Central Boys Basketball team has a long tradition of success to live up to, and despite some challenges that lie ahead, the players are going to achieve their goals, new coach Dave Montero said with confidence this week.
The team has historically enjoyed formidable seasons, and is now looking towards achieving a similar record or better, said Montero, who comes from a successful career coaching basketball for a total of 20 years at Argyle Central and lately Glens Falls High School.
But there are two factors the players have to deal with: getting used to his system of practice and play, and filling the shoes of the talented seniors who graduated in June.
The team is up to the challenge, he assured.
Montero said the players are his scouts at this point, and they've been giving him positive summaries on their prospects against the competition.
"I get my scouting reports from the kids, and they tell me we should be in every game," he said. "The players tell me we can take them all on, and it's our goal to finish in the top."
A scrimmage against Schroon Lake, he said, was a very close contest, and the Bolton team showed a lot of drive and skill, he said.
The entire team, Gordon said, is working hard on practice routines, and is getting used to a new program he's put in place.
The team's core group includes Seniors Dom Pfau and Matt Peterson, Junior Matthew Smith and Sophomore Mitchell jordan, who are leaders and are the group from which he's going to name captains.
Jordan, he said is a "tough kid who works hard," and the others are dedicated, he said, showing leadership on the floor.
They're joined by a talented group that includes Senior Dan Brown, and Juniors Tyler Calzada, Caleb Kneeshaw, Andy Smith, Kyle Vilmar and Mark Dawson. Sophomores include Charles Hall, Tim Flynn, Todd Markham, Nathan Breault, Evan Malone, C.J. Lofland and Dom Figueroa.
"We're trying to develop chemistry for the season," Montero said. "At this point, the team is struggling with man-to-man defense - It's tough to get a new coach with a different style of play and a new system."
It's not only different for the players, but for the coach also, considering he's been coaching primarily girls basketball which has a different pace and rhythm.
"This is way new for me - the kids move pretty fast, they're athletic and tall, considering I've got six kids over six feet," he said.
Montero is hoping he can take the team to a new level of accomplishment.
He's got the credentials, considering he took the Argyle Girls Basketball Team to the state Final Four not just once but twice between 1998 and 2001, and six of ten years in that era took his Argyle Girls team to the Section II finals.
Montero said his players are showing enthusiasm and dedication to achieve new heights.
Senior Dom Pfau said Monday he and the other players had the spirit and skills to do so.
"We're working hard to go as far as we can go," he said. "We'll be ready to compete against anybody."
The over-riding characteristic of the players at this point, Montero said, is their sense of teamwork and their unselfish attitudes.
"In order for us to be competitive we have to play as a team," he said. "They all can score, but no one cares who's gonna score -and this is a good thing."