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3 coaches in 3 seasons: Rams try to find their way

Strasburg’s new coach promises new brand of ball heavily reliant on the ‘3’
Posted 2017-12-07

    Strasburg High School boys basketball is suffering from an obvious lack of experience, but the deficiency is not on the court.

    Instead, it’s on the bench.

    The Rams have played under three coaches in three seasons.

    After a 22-7 season and a long trip into the post season three years ago, Strasburg basketball fans watched helplessly as their team’s season was cancelled following an altercation aboard a team bus returning from a game in nearby West Virginia.

    The coach of that team was relieved of those duties, but remained on the school’s athletic department staff.

    A season later, Hamilton Doyle came to town with a new and faster brand of basketball that failed badly. A 3-20 record is something even die-hard fans can forget quickly.

    Enter Larry Fox, the latest coach to take the reins of the Strasburg boys basketball program.

    Fox’s style of basketball differs from that of Doyle.  Gone is the fast-pace game Doyle tried to instill into Strasburg basketball, The Rams now are returning to an old style, hard nosed defense Fox prefers.  Many of the seniors played this style when for Fox coached them in middle school and on the junior varsity team.

    Strasburg’s offense will be dependent on three-point shooting.  Brody Tomblin, a junior guard, is the floor leader who controls the pace of play for the Rams.  He can shoot the three-pointer or he can drive to the basket and either shoot or pass to the wing for a three-point attempt by teammates.

    Senior guard Justin King and sophomore guard Dylan Hamrick are constant three-point shooters and both are solid on defense.

    Sophomore forward Stephen Kloosterman, junior forward Russell Reeder, and senior center Grant Scott provide rebounding and an inside presence.

    Two seniors adding depth and experience to the frontcourt are forwards Austin Miller and Garrett Jenkins.

    Rounding out the Rams team are junior guard Satchel Roller and junior forward Seven Jackson.

    During a Saturday scrimmage Strasburg outplayed a Luray team that was depleted because some of players were on the football team that lost Friday to R. E. Lee in playoffs.    

    This is a rebuilding season for the Rams, but they should be improved over last season.  The Strasburg team needs stability, which has been missing with three head coaches the past three years and new systems to learn each year.