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Sentinel Spartans Hope to Continue Football Success Onto the Hardwood

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When you talk to members of last years Sentinel boys basketball team, they will be the first to tell you they had a bit of a down year.

"I believe that we needed more leadership from not just the seniors, but everyone, we needed people to step up more," says Sentinel senior guard Matt Warren.

"I think it was a transition year, when you're changing two programs I think it takes some time to try and get your philosophy put in place, and we started doing that by the end of the season, we started seeing some positive results," adds Sentinel head coach Jay Jagelski.

Those positive results include beating Capital High, who ended up the state runner-up.  And wins like that, combined with a year of experience, give the team plenty of hope and excitement.

"We know the offense a lot better, we have a lot more heart this year, and a little more athleticism, so we're looking to use our push from last year through the beginning of this year," says Sentinel senior center Jeremy Eisenmann.

Throw in the fact that the majority of their roster is experienced, and expectations are undoubtedly higher for the Spartans than they were a year ago.

"We have seven of our 8 seniors this year played varsity basketball last year, so that's a huge upside for the program, and for us," says Jagelski.

"We're a lot more hungry, we've seen that if you work hard, it pays off, and we're trying to carry that over from seasons," says Eisenmann.

A little more confidence from being in the system for a year, but a culture of winning has developed at Sentinel, with the girls defending state champs, and the football team having more success this year than in recent history.

"Coach (Dane) Oliver (Sentinel football coach) and I, we always encourage the kids to play multiple sports, which I think has helped the programs develop winning attitudes, so the success that we see in Sentinel football will happen in Sentinel basketball and vice-versa, and that will continue for years," says Jagelski.

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