Gaylord Looks to Build off Successful Inaugural Season with Sargent
GAYLORD – Under the charge of first-year coach Shawn Sargent, Gaylord reached the playoffs for the second time in 10 years last fall.
The Blue Devils opened their 2018 campaign with four consecutive wins but dropped three of their five Big North Conference games, including two by one point apiece.
Gaylord graduated 19 seniors but returns the services of five players on both sides of the ball that recorded the school’s second six-win season since 2015.
“I think it helped set a standard that we need to do these things to at least get to where we were last year,” Sargent said. “We had a couple of heartbreakers last year where we lost back-to-back one-pointers. Those were great learning moments for everybody on the roster, coaches included.”
“I feel like that taught us the expectation kind of thing,” added Gaylord junior Spencer Oppermann. “Now I know the expectations, and now I know what I can do to exceed those expectations.”
The Blue Devils will face Chippewa Hills, Gladstone, Saginaw Arthur Hill and Sault Ste. Marie in non-conference play this year.
Gaylord opens its campaign at home against Chippewa Hills on Thursday, Aug. 29.