All Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake boys’ basketball coach Kevin Himmelwright had to look at a watch to confirm the excitement around his schedule this season.
“I told them to come here at 5:15,” Himmlerright said before the scuffle with Galway last Tuesday evening. “They’re here at 4:45.”
For Himmelwright, the 2006 Bern Hills graduate of his third season as head coach at his alma mater, it’s a sign that the Spartans are ready to make the 2021–22 season a major change for a schedule that Trying to pull himself up one after the other. Extended tenure near the bottom of the always tough suburban council.
With a core of exciting underclassmen surrounded by several stable senior 3-point shooters, Himmelwright believes his club has the ability to ensure that any opponent this season has an easy night against the Spartans. Haven’t – and can probably make themselves a little noisy, especially once a team gets into a Section II Class A tournament.
“It’s been a grind here the last few years, trying to get things back where everyone wants them,” Himmelwright said. “Burne Hills sports have been very, very successful over the past few decades, and it’s unfortunate that’s where the basketball program has been.
,[In the Suburban Council] There is no easy game. Unfortunately, Burn Hills has been an easy game for some teams over the years. I hope we are doing the right things and changing that.”
Burn Hills went 2-12 last season, playing 14 games in a little over a month during a schedule that was condensed and no Section II or state postseason due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no play.
This season’s crop of Spartans “embraced the grind” to move the program upwards.
Maybe the most prominent adherent of that mindset is Junior Luke Haluska, the Spartans’ fearsome point keeper, whom Himmlerwright “believes has led the suburban council over the past two years.”
“He is undoubtedly the heart and soul of this team,” Himmelwright said.
Junior guard Alex Doin was the Spartans’ second leading scorer and leading rebounder last winter, while Viery senior center Matt Ormsby will lead the post and Miles Yanuzzi – “without a doubt, the future of the program” – is expected to recover from knee surgery. His new campaign to make the leap later this season was hampered.
“They’ve grown so much,” Himmelwright said. “It’s definitely a different team than the last two years. They’re hungrier, they’re tougher, a little more athletic – which is great.”
Himmelwright expects the team’s development to start showing itself when the season resumes on Wednesday against South Glens Falls.
It is the first step toward bringing the boys’ basketball program up to the level of Burn Hills’ litany of championship-level programs in other sports.
“It’s down the road,” Himmewright said, “you can’t do it overnight. It takes a lot of work.”
“We have all the right things here. We just need the right person or people to put everything together, and we’ll get there.”
More from The Daily Gazette:
Categories: High School Sports Sports