By Joe Robben
It is that time of year where the temperature outside starts to become cold and all the focus turns to the hardwood. The 2019-2020 men’s and women’s basketball season is underway as both teams look to compete for a conference championship. The men are looking to make some noise in the conference under first-year head coach, T.J. Eskildsen. They bring back a solid core of seniors in Dorian Paige, Lual Magot, Grant Munsen and Delvon Hightower. When asked what he was looking forward to most in his last season, Magot said, “Having the opportunity to compete every day and a chance to win a championship.” There are big expectations coming as the Bulldogs have not won the conference title since the 2011-2012 season. Paige said the team wants to be a “championship team,” and “We want everyone to agree that we were wrongly placed in the power rankings this season when we’re done.”
The women’s team is similar as they bring back a strong core in Danielle Holt, Brittni Harlow, Brittany Roberts and Maison Moseley. They are looking to build off of last year in head coach, Josh Nichols’ second season. When asked what the team’s goal is for this coming season, sophomore forward, Kyrstin Branscum said, “We just want to compete and play to the best of our ability and try to win the conference.” Both teams have gotten off to hot starts as they began the season with a win and look to continue that way as they head into conference play.