Samantha Heward and Elisabeth Smith, Staff Writers – The Lecanto High School [LHS]’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky Dec. 27 and stayed until Dec. 31. They played a series of games against Warren East High School, Greenwood High School, and Allen County-Scottsville High School.
Angelo Serrano, a senior on the boys’ team, believes that traveling with the team helps promote unity.
“I think that more trips like this should be encouraged in the future because it was a good experience and the team grew together as a whole,” said Serrano.
Peyton Vilardi, a junior on the boys’ team, thinks that the trip to Kentucky benefited the team.
“Kentucky takes basketball very seriously; they are very good and know how to play the right way. It was good for us to play teams that really know how to play the game,” said Vilardi.
Junior player Caden Loreth felt that the trip allowed him to gain new knowledge.
“My playing experience in Kentucky was good because I got to see a different style of basketball that I could learn from.
In fact, basketball is widely regarded to be the most important sport in Kentucky. Teams there are highly skilled.
“I feel that the competition was harder because Kentucky is known to be a basketball state,” said junior Ariana Crawford.
This concept led to the LHS teams having to step up their game in order to stay competitive.
“I would definitely say I tried harder playing in Kentucky because the way the teams play up there is on a totally different level. They were definitely very competitive teams,” said senior LillianTorres.
Athletic director and head coach for the girls’ varsity team Ron Allan, feels that trips like the one to Kentucky allow players to test their skills.
“It gives great opportunity to bring them out of their comfort zone and to give them different teams to play other than local teams,” said Allan.