The ReSporter: Tell us about your road to Canyon Lake. Where have you been or give us your Coaching Tree. (more…)
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The ReSporter: What are your initial thoughts after your first scrimmages?
Coach Gallahger: “I was happy with how we played for our first scrimmage. Our varsity players played strong defense and all our pitchers threw pretty consistent. We rotated three catchers who did a good job as well. We didn’t hit as well as I would have liked but with a mixture of four lineups going it was hard to get a lot of at bats for any one player. We had some key hits and showed some power early on.” (more…)
The ReSporter: What do you feel will be your strengths this year?
Coach Moses: “Our throwers could wind up being the strength of this team. They are seniors (Jacob Foster, Joseph Crisp, Ross Snowden, Brayden and Bradley Hight)who love to compete and love to see themselves improve. Lester Boehm will be the leader of our sprinters and Caimen McDonough will lead the jumps and hurdles.” (more…)
The ReSporter: This will be the most anticipated Track Season for the ladies in the past 10 years….give us a reason to be excited.
Coach Barthels: “For starters we only graduated 4 seniors last year. The track program as a whole has slowly, but surely been improving each of the past few years. We have had some individuals that have done well in the past, but this year we have more athletes that are dedicated to the program and the word is spreading that we can compete with anyone we run against.” (more…)
The ReSporter: The Hawks go into their next contest for keeps with a road game in Boerne. Tell us how the District looks as you prepare your Hawks for the ultimate prize of District champs?
Coach Burleson: “District will be real tough again. There will be no nights where you can’t play well. Each team poses different challenges for us. We are ready, but we know it’s going to be a battle every game.”
The ReSporter: This week, Canyon Lake moved up to 12th in the TGCA Basketball Poll, how do you see your team in what they will need to do to keep that same edge going into District 28 play?
Coach Burleson: “We better have an edge or we are in trouble. We must be intense going for loose balls and rebounds. It is something we emphasize. If we don’t have that intensity then we will struggle to do much.”
The ReSporter: With your last 5 games being played short-handed….How does that help in preparation for your last 8 games in regulation contests?
Coach Burleson: “It has allowed for other players to step up. I’m pleased with their progress(Caroline,Jesse,Marley and Lainee)”
The ReSporter: You very rarely have a chance to play this many games before district starts. How has this group of ladies responded going into next week’s games?
Coach Burleson: “We scheduled it that way in hopes of our sophomore gaining some seasoning. I feel like it will pay off for us.”
The ReSporter: Defense has been consistent this year, what has been the main item seen when these girls go into battle each week?
Coach Burleson: “We have emphasized it. But to be successful in district we must improve our rebounding and off ball coverage.”
The ReSporter: Last week you had a chance to finish some contests with your all-Sophomore team. Have they improved enough to see better results as district contests get started? And in what ways?
Coach Burleson: “They have definitely improved. There is no doubt. The district will pose challenges for us, but we are ahead of where we were and that class is a big reason why.”
The ReSporter: You have played Hondo Owls twice with wins already, what do you tell your girls when they meet this same team two more times?
Coach Burleson: “Its real hard to beat somebody 3 times in a row. They haven’t shot well against us and hopefully that continues. But our girls know that Hondo makes life difficult and never lets you comfortable. They are tough and we will have to play good.”
The ReSporter: With your rankings this year, you know it is easier to go into games as the hunter and not the hunted. How do you feel this group will handle being the team with the ‘bulls-eye’ on their jersey instead of the other way around?
Coach Burleson: “In a way it’s good because it means we have been more successful. The downside is that everyone is gunning for you. Better lace em up and get after it to win.”
The ReSporter: Thanks Coach Burleson and good luck as this time of the season unfolds….
The ReSporter: Give us your overall feel bout this year’s team at this time of the season.
Coach Burleson: “I feel like we are better than we were last year. But we still have to get better.”
The ReSporter: What are your thoughts on being ranked in the TABC and TGCA Polls.
Coach Burleson: “It shows that others are taking notice of us and that we are a team to be taken seriously. There will be no sneaking up on anybody this year.”
The ReSporter: How do you see the district and region schools and how your team stacks up with those teams?
Coach Burleson: “I don’t think there is much difference in this district 1-5. Every game will depend on if we bring our ‘A’ game. Could win any game and could lose any game and most everybody in our district is in the same boat. It’ll be a dogfight.”
The ReSporter: Which part of your defense is at it’s best? Before the opponent gets in their half court offense or during that time of play?
Coach Burleson: “When we are playing good, our rebounding % is over 70%. That is vital for us. We really want to contest shots and grab boards.”
The ReSporter: What challenges do you have when you have a team that is half sophomores and half seniors?
Coach Burleson: “We are still trying to gel more. We have a seasoned group and a group that is gaining valuable experience. Sometimes we aren’t on the same page, sometimes we are.”
The ReSporter: How do you feel your level of play will improve as you get closer to your district starting?
Coach Burleson: “We are going to continue to try and get better, knowing that our district is still tough and we have to be on our ‘A’ game to win.”
The ReSporter: You have gone 20 games now, as you approach district play. What are you wanting to see from this crew before that part of the season comes calling?
Coach Burleson: “We must continue to be more intense on loose balls and rebounds. We have to improve in that area.”
The ReSporter: If you had one wish, which game would you like to play again and why?
Coach Burleson: “St. Michaels, cause we didn’t play that game. We were just in the gym.”
The ReSporter: Thanks Coach we hope to see you and the team this Friday in the Hawk Nest when Austin Travis comes to town this Friday.
Canyon Lake’s Head Football Coach Charlie Drum talk’s Waco La Vega this week as the Hawks play their Sweet 16 contest. CL will be in action in Round Rock with the game starting at 7:30 and if you cannot make the game, then go to the CLB Link on the home page with the pre/game starting at 6:30pm and a chance to win prizes including an Echo presented by Sonora Insurance. You will need to be tuned in early to hear the phrase that pays and then during the game you will have a chance to win.
Head Coach Charley Drum talks about upcoming contest with Pleasanton Eagles.
Coach Drum talked with the ReSporter about the Taylor game as this battle will determine the District 14-4A Championship.
Canyon Lake will start their 2nd Season, under the helm of Coach Burleson, this week on Friday when San Antonio Brooks Academy comes to the Hawk Nest to open the season.
Last year’s team had a lot of young players and you could see players Freshman on Varsity/Junior Varsity/Freshman teams. All three groups of players upped their game as you could see a smile on Coach Zach Burleson’s face, knowing that the future could bring some much needed infusion for Basketball.
A year later and seeing improvement will be good to see as the proverbial, lot’s of potential, will be on stage this season to see if that potential can be translated to wins.
The ReSporter had a chance to catch up with Coach Burleson for a Coaches Corner.