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Winter prep preview | Coupeville boys basketball

To say the Coupeville High School boys basketball team is young is an understatement. You might say they haven’t even hatched yet.

New coach Anthony Smith will field a team with no seniors and only three juniors, and one of the juniors, Kole Kellison, will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after the first game.

The squad will be rounded out by three sophomores and seven freshmen.

Smith said the team will be run by a pair of young guards, freshman Taylor Ebersole and sophomore Gavin O’Keefe.

“As they go, we’ll go,” Smith said.

He added, “They will do some good things but will have a learning curve.”

Another youngster, 6-3 sophomore Nick Streubel, will handle the inside.

Smith said, “He is a big kid, good on his feet.”

“Those three will be the key,” Smith said. “After that, we will see.”

Because of the team’s youth, Smith said it is important that it “competes and gets better” every practice and game.

He added, “As a young squad, you don’t want to set them, and the community, up for failure. Learning from our mistakes will be a key for us.”

Playing fast will create some scoring opportunities for the Wolves, Smith said. “We have to have that mind-set.”

Coupeville opens at home with Meridian Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:15 p.m.

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