Rams men’s basketball eyes championship season

“Our Kage energy is unmatched! So are our fans.” – N. J. Benson


Eli Garrett and Andrew Diekemper

Championship aspirations?

To set the season goals in high standards, MV basketball players will attempt to put together a winning culture on the journey to bring in a championship to MV.

“Our main goal is to win. We’re going to do whatever we can to make that happen, and to represent Mount Vernon in a positive way,” said Brock Holloway, 22.

Mr. Tim Holloway, head MV basketball coach said, “ We want to represent our school and community in a positive way. We want to have a daily standard of excellence and commit to the process. If we do those things, the results will come.”

How will the team adjust to losing all of the seniors from last year.

“It is going to be tough, because we will have four new players without varsity experience, but have all played together on JV,” said Colin McClure, ’23.

Brock Holloway said, “I don’t think it will affect the team that much. Our group of seniors is pretty close, and some of us have played together since grade school. We all know this will be a team effort, and I have faith in all our seniors.”

With fans being back in the stands, athletes and coaches responded with much praise.

Mr. Zeke Light, assistant basketball coach, said “This is the best news ever. Here at Mount Vernon, we are very fortunate to have a fan base and a student section as loyal and as rowdy as anyone.”

“It’s an incredible feeling to play and coach in front of that crowd, and I could not be more excited that fans and the Khaos Kage are back,” Coach Light added.

“ I can’t wait – our Kage energy is unmatched! So are our fans,” stated N.J. Benson, ‘22.

With a shortened season last year due to COVID, the players will expect a regular – not a shortened – season.

“ I hope not.  I think we’re getting used to playing in the mask,” said Benson.

Some keys to possibly win Regionals and further the MV playoff run is teamwork and chemistry.

“For us to just stay together as I know that my guys are going to get the best out of me this year for sure,” said Benson.

“Improvement throughout the season will be key for any postseason success. We have only one returning player with significant varsity minutes. We like our guys, and believe they will learn to play to their strengths and come together as we go,” Coach Holloway said.

What is the key to success?

“Work together and just take one possession at a time and not worry about the future,” McClure said.