BY JEFF FALK
Every team grows, matures, gets better as the season goes along. But success in scholastic sports is measured by how much a team has progressed.
Three months into the 2011-12 season, and the Lebanon Catholic boys’ basketball team is better than it was on Day One. But how much have the Beavers improved?
After Friday night’s 40-32 home loss to rival Annville-Cleona, Lebanon Catholic stood at 5-8 overall and 1-6 in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. It’s safe to say that the Beavers’ current record hasn’t lived up to head coach Scott Clentimack’s pre-season expectations.
“At times, I see progress,” said Clentimack. “The big thing is we’re inconsistent. We can’t see it at times. We’ve got to see it on a regular basis.”
Part of the Beavers’ annual goals is to reach the Distrcit Three Class A tournament and compete for its title. For that to happen this season, Lebanon Catholic will have to improve more.
“We’ve got to continue to get better,” said Clentimack. “We’ve got to learn to play with a chip on our shoulder. Those are things we can control.
There still is time for the Beavers. But of the ten or so games that they have left, many will be tests and challenges.
“The good news is that we don’t have a senior on the team,” said Clentimack. “We’re in this for the long haul. I thought we’d be a little further along than we are. My expecations are high, but that’s for everything.
“But if we lose 18 games this season,” Clentimack added, “how are we going to do next year?”