Athens varsity mens basketball team starts of their season

Fiona Wright , News copy editor

Athens Drive High School varsity basketball team ranked number 77 in the state of North Carolina and had an record of 18-9 in the 2017-18 season. This season they hope to improve as a team.

“[We hope] that each member of our team enjoys the season, grows as a man, and is able later in his life to look back with positive lasting memories of his time as a member of our basketball family and ambassador of Athens Drive,” said William St. John, varsity basketball coach.

This season the varsity team will be more competitive than ever before with a goal of making it to state championships in mind. If they are able to make it that far, it will be a step up from last years season. The varsity team made it to the first round of playoffs in the 2017-18 season and lost to Holly Springs High School by only two points.  

“In the season I’m looking forward to be one of the best basketball teams that has come through Athens and hopefully making it and winning the state championships this year,” said Chase Graham, senior basketball player.

This season will start off with mostly out of conference games. The team will be competing in the John Wall Holiday Invitational and then end the season off with all in conference competitors including Cary High School. The men’s varsity team will consist of mostly seniors including senior guard DJ Robertson.

“On November 14th, DJ Robertson will sign his national letter of intent to attend Northern Kentucky University (NKU). This is an incredible accomplishment for him, it shows his strength and devotion to basketball,” said St. John

Robertson has been playing basketball at ADHS since his freshman year, he started on the varsity team in his 2015-16 season. Last year Robertson was looked at by many schools and coaches, and after evaluating his options, he decided  to commit to NKU.

“This season I hope we make a good run in the state playoffs. I really hope the they will bring it home for us.The atmosphere we bring to every game is unreal, we have to work hard and really perform or else my stop will get taken,” said Patrick Cannon, sophomore.