Despite losing seven seniors after an 8-15 (5-7 in conference) record a season ago, third-year Legacy head coach Connor Clay believes the 2019-2020 season for the Lightning could be a special one. …
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Despite losing seven seniors after an 8-15 (5-7 in conference) record a season ago, third-year Legacy head coach Connor Clay believes the 2019-2020 season for the Lightning could be a special one. Returning five seniors and a talented junior class, Legacy looks to continue improving in a competitive 5A Front Range League.
“We know we have a really good conference with teams that are going to come ready to compete every game. But even with the losing of our seniors, lack of height, size or anything that we can say is going against us, I think I have a team and a group of coaches that believe we are going to compete in every game,” Clay said last week in a phone interview. “We are shooting for a league title as much as anyone in this league. I think if we have guys that can compete one possession at a time, we will let the wins take care of themselves.”
Losing their No. 1 and 2 scorers in Jack Olson (19 points per game) and Jackson Stapleton (11.9 points-per-game) to graduation, picking up the slack will have to be a group effort for Legacy this season. Bringing back seniors Chase Esplin, Eli Barrow, and juniors Jack Thurston, Macully Sehr, and offseason standout Gavin Poxson, the Lightning will bring a solid core to the court with others anticipated to follow.
“I think it is just going to have to be all five guys giving 100 percent. There were a lot of times where we knew defensively, and offensively we could get away with things because we had players like Jack Olsen inside or offensively we always had Jackson Stapleton there, but this year, it’s going to take five guys,” Clay said. “I would like to see them (seniors) establish their own expectations and what they want from the season. I would love to put the leadership into their own hands and not rely on me. How hard do they want to work? I want to see them hold their teammates accountable, and I think we have a group of seniors that will hold the entire program accountable.”
Legacy will begin their season at home against Brighton Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
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