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Stonewall Jackson has a new coach and a new vision

Generals return 5 players from team that had school’s best season in years
Posted 2017-12-07 By Larry Beazley

    After concluding a year ago what many might consider its best basketball season in a generation, Stonewall Jackson High has a new coach and a positive outlook.

    The Generals earlier this year posted their best record in recent years, going 10-10 under first year basketball coach Mike Lenox.    

    Nine months later, coach Lenox has become Stonewall Jackson athletic director and former Luray basketball coach Jim Sanders has become the Generals’ new coach.

    Sanders coached at Luray for 14 years before taking two years off from the game.

    Also departed from last year’s team via graduation were second team all-conference guard Kaelan Sorrells, Dylan Davis, Brett Jones and Tyler Patton.

    The loss of talent, though, seems to have little effect on the new coach’s enthusiasm.

    Says Sanders:  “I have a great group of young men.”    

    Sanders says his Generals will play “a combination of three or four styles (of offense) that I have used over the years.”

    Those offenses, he says, will vary  “depending on the adjustment we need to make on our opponents’ defense.”

    Sanders has identified what he calls “ go-to players.” Any of them “could be the go-to guy sometime during the season, with each player having a certain role to play.”

    On defense the Generals will mainly run the man to man.  Says  Sanders: “We will be as good as the best player can be.”

    The Generals have five returning players including first team all-conference Nick Dotson, floor leader Brendan Hoover and seniors Nicholas Pagon, Logan Patton and Drew Binion.    

    Up from junior varsity are juniors William McCourt and Calvin Smith and sophomore Tyler Dellinger.

    Others moving to the varsity include juniors Devin Campbell, Chase Goble and Matthew Showman and  sophomore guard Michael Dorman.

    Others on the roster are sophomores Dylan Siles and Brice Whitman and freshman Christian Hess,

    Sanders says though the team is long on experience, his players continue to adjust to a new system.

    The heartache of playing with a new system showed up in a recent scrimmage with Eastern Mennonite, but Sanders say the Generals outplayed Clarke County in a more recent scrimmage.

    Stonewall Jackson competes in the strong Shenandoah District but will receive an automatic berth in the 1A playoffs due to the new realignment.

    Sanders’ goal is to have the Generals prepared to represent their school come playoff time.  He feels that to reach this goal the players need to “try to get better every day.”