Preparing for the Upcoming Season: Boys Basketball


Free Throws for Days: Charlie Diamantis getting ready to shoot a free throw in his fall league game. Photo courtesy: Charlie Diamantis, October 30, 2021.

Morgan Viesselman and Tori Matula

     As the fall sports season comes to an end, the winter sports season is around the corner. Boys basketball is getting ready for their upcoming season with off season training and conditioning.

     Senior Charlie Diamantis has been playing basketball for nine years, playing on the varsity team since sophomore year. 

     Diamantis says, “I have been playing on a fall basketball team, Premier Hoop Development, to stay in shape and develop skills for this season.” He is excited to play with his team again and hopes for a great season. Diamantis plans to continue playing in college. 

     Junior Braden Tarczali, a three year member of the team, states, “I’ve been working on my dribbling as well as my shooting in my backyard to stay prepared.” On top of that, he has been going to the gym everyday to improve strength and stay fit. 

     Tarczali continues, “I’m most excited for the spectators to be back and playing with my friends makes it fun.” Unlimited spectators have been allowed to come to indoor sport games as long as Covid-19 guidelines are followed such as wearing a mask and social distancing. 

     Most athletes are preparing for their season by conditioning and practicing in their spare time. Sophomore Cameron Luth has been on the basketball team for two years and can’t wait to get back on the court. 

     Luth explains, “This season I am very excited to play, especially because I’ve been working on getting to know my teammates who have been on the team for a couple years. I can’t wait to possibly share the court with them and hopefully win some games.” He also has been trying to work on his weaknesses to get better for this season. 

     JV Coach and health teacher, Mr. Jeff Raucci, loves coaching the boys basketball team. Raucci has been coaching for eight years, four years at Shelton High School and four at Foran, so far.

     Raucci says, “I have loved every day of coaching, being able to hold these young men accountable, push them to reach their potential, and develop camaraderie with the team and all the players.” With conditioning and lifting sessions beginning soon, Raucci is ready to prepare for a successful season.