Petoskey Thriving In New Era of Northmen Basketball

PETOSKEY – So far this season, the Petoskey boy’s basketball team has been a force to be reckoned with.

They currently sit at 5-1 on the season and at the top of the Big North Conference.

“Right now we’re playing team basketball. We’re not really focusing on individual, offensively or defensively, we’re just playing well together and it’s working out well,” said senior Keaton Walker.

It’s a great sign for their new head coach, John Flynn, who took over after Dennis Starkey retired after 32 years.

“We’re off to a pretty good start and our guys are working hard on the stuff that we’re asking them to do, you know our first chapter is to get to Christmas and kind of check that off. A season within a season if you will, and so far this season the guys are really working hard and putting in the time and they’ve been a fun group to coach,” said Flynn.

The goal was to get to Christmas Break and gauge where the team is at. Now that they’ve had some success, the next step is getting ready for more conference play, and that means no days off.

“I’d like to give them a couple more days off than what they’ll actually get, but because we’re kind of in the heart of the season and we obviously need to work. We’re not going to take too many days off,” said Coach Flynn.

The Northmen head to Grand Haven this weekend for a tournament before returning home and traveling to Traverse City Central to take on the Trojans on January 4.

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