Fresh Faces on Boys Varsity Basketball


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Senior player Jack Lovalvo passes the ball to a teammate during practice.

Emily Blust, Staff Writer

The Rochester Adams boys basketball program is starting their season off with some new faces on the coaching staff. Coaches John Hall, Chris Flynn, and Bob Lineberger decided to step down from their coaching roles with Adams’ basketball.

Flynn was the team’s defensive coach and named MAC Coach of the Year for three years. The loss of his great coaching and talent will be greatly missed by the team.

“[Flynn] was pretty much the mastermind behind the defense,” said senior Captain Kyle Wood.

Coach Hall has been the head coach of the Adams varsity basketball team for the past 17 seasons and left a tremendous legacy behind. Although Hall still remains a math teacher at Adams, he has gone on to coach basketball at Almont High School, where his own children will be attending. While he was known to be demanding in practices and games, he was a great coach who will be sincerely missed by the team and the basketball program as a whole.

Brad Crighton, former coach of the girls varsity basketball team at Stoney Creek, has stepped up to fill the void that Hall has left. The team has lost a significant numbers of great players who graduated in the class of 2016 in addition to the losses of the coaching staff, but this has not rendered the team an excuse to give up. If anything, the change has brought them together, giving them a firm determination to prove to people that these losses have not diminished their chance at a successful season. Many people are underestimating the talent of this year’s team.

“I have full confidence in our team that we can win our district. We have a lot experience and talent that no one knows about ,” said senior Jack Lovalvo.

Their talent and teamwork will be seen in their first game of the season tonight, December 6, against Athens High School. They have high hopes of a thriving season, and a district trophy in their hands to start off  Crighton’s coaching career at Adams High School.