Trinity‌ ‌boys‌ ‌kick‌ ‌off‌ ‌basketball‌ ‌season‌ ‌



The boys stand in a line at half court as the National Anthem is being played.

As‌ ‌the‌ ‌referee‌ ‌throws‌ ‌the‌ ‌ball‌ ‌straight‌ ‌up‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌air‌ ‌to‌ ‌start‌ ‌the‌ ‌game,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Hiller‌ ‌Hooligans,‌ ‌parents‌ ‌and‌ ‌players‌ ‌are‌ ‌ready.‌ ‌They’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌waiting‌ for‌ ‌the‌ ‌game‌ ‌to‌ ‌begin‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌sounds‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌warm‌ ‌up‌ ‌track‌ ‌playing,‌ ‌sneakers‌ ‌squeaking‌ ‌against‌ ‌the‌ ‌gym‌ ‌floor‌ ‌and‌ ‌basketball‌ ‌nets‌ ‌rippling‌ ‌when‌ ‌the‌ ‌teams‌ ‌take‌ ‌their‌ ‌warm‌ ‌up‌ ‌shots.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌finally‌ basketball‌ ‌season‌ ‌once‌ ‌again.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Trinity‌ ‌boys‌ ‌basketball‌ ‌team’s ‌games‌ ‌this‌ ‌season spans ‌from‌ ‌December‌ ‌6‌ ‌to‌ ‌February‌ ‌7,‌ ‌in ‌the‌ ‌Trinity‌ ‌High‌ School‌ ‌main‌ ‌gym‌ ‌and‌ ‌their‌ ‌goal‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌win‌ ‌the‌ ‌section‌ ‌this‌ ‌year.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌team‌ ‌right‌ ‌now‌ ‌is‌ ‌4-0‌‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌conference‌ ‌and‌‌ ‌‌9-2‌‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌overall‌ ‌season.‌ ‌With‌ ‌wins‌ ‌over‌ ‌Moon‌ ‌Area,‌ ‌West‌ ‌Mifflin,‌ Montour ‌and‌ ‌Chartiers‌ ‌Valley,‌ ‌the‌ ‌team‌ ‌is‌ ‌off‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌impressive‌ ‌start.‌ ‌

Furthermore,‌ ‌the‌ ‌teams‌ ‌that‌ ‌Trinity‌ ‌have ‌already‌ ‌beaten‌ ‌were‌ ‌most‌ ‌likely‌ ‌the‌ ‌toughest‌ ‌teams‌ ‌they’ll‌ ‌face‌ ‌all‌ ‌year.‌ ‌ ‌

“Chartiers‌ ‌Valley‌ ‌and‌ ‌Montour‌ ‌we‌ ‌already‌ ‌played,‌ ‌and‌ ‌they‌ ‌were‌ ‌projected‌ ‌to‌ ‌win‌ ‌the‌ ‌section.‌ ‌After‌ ‌what‌ ‌we’ve‌ accomplished,‌ ‌we‌ ‌should‌ ‌win‌ ‌it,”‌ ‌says‌ ‌junior‌ ‌John‌ ‌Trapuzzano.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌players‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌varsity‌ ‌team‌ ‌are‌ ‌by‌ ‌no‌ ‌means‌ ‌new‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌sport.‌ ‌Players‌ ‌like‌ ‌Trappazano,‌ ‌who‌ ‌plays‌ ‌center‌‌ ‌‌for‌ ‌the‌ team,‌ ‌has‌ ‌played‌ ‌since‌ ‌he‌ ‌was‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌fifth‌ ‌grade.‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Varsity‌ ‌players‌ Dylan‌ ‌King,‌ ‌center,‌ and‌ ‌Noah‌ ‌Johnson,‌ shooting‌ ‌guard,‌ ‌started‌ ‌playing‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌seventh‌ ‌grade‌ ‌and‌ ‌third‌ ‌grade‌ ‌respectively.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌improved‌ ‌dramatically‌ through‌ ‌their‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌competing‌ ‌to‌ ‌become‌ ‌the‌ ‌players‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌today.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌player’s‌ ‌roles,‌ ‌given‌ ‌by‌ ‌Coach‌ ‌Tessmer,‌ ‌are‌ ‌particular‌ ‌to‌ ‌their‌ ‌abilities‌ ‌and‌ ‌positions.‌ ‌The‌ ‌five‌ ‌starters‌ ‌and‌ ‌

substitution‌ ‌players,‌ ‌ready‌ ‌and‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌come‌ ‌in‌ ‌at‌ ‌any‌ ‌time‌ ‌necessary,‌ ‌combine‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌the‌ ‌varsity‌ ‌team‌ ‌more‌ ‌

controlled‌ ‌and‌ ‌calculated‌ ‌than‌ ‌ever.‌ ‌

There‌ ‌are‌ ‌many‌ ‌different‌ ‌superlatives‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌The‌ ‌consensus‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌Noah‌ ‌Johnson‌ ‌and‌ ‌Michael‌ ‌Dunn‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ hardest‌ ‌working‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌Johnson‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌team‌ ‌leader‌ ‌and‌ ‌talks‌ ‌to‌ ‌each‌ ‌player‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌they‌ ‌know‌ ‌and‌ ‌complete‌ their‌ ‌job.‌ ‌Dunn‌ ‌always‌ ‌puts‌ ‌up‌ ‌shots‌ ‌and‌ ‌practices ‌to‌ ‌improve.‌ ‌ ‌

A‌ ‌couple‌ ‌of‌ ‌MVPs‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌team‌ ‌include‌ ‌senior‌ ‌Austin‌ ‌Beels‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌team’s‌ ‌Assistant‌ ‌Coach,‌ ‌Coach‌ ‌Mathews.‌ ‌

Mathews‌ ‌makes‌ ‌basketball ‌practices‌ ‌and‌ ‌games‌ ‌fun‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌With‌ ‌the‌ ‌style‌ ‌of‌‌ ‌‌both Coach‌ ‌Tessmer‌ ‌and‌ ‌Mathews,‌ ‌the‌ balance‌ ‌is‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌Beels‌ ‌is‌ a big ‌jokester‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌team.‌ ‌He‌ ‌is‌ ‌always‌ ‌hyping‌ ‌up‌ ‌the‌ ‌team‌ ‌and‌ ‌joking‌ around,‌ ‌bringing‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌balance‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌serious‌ ‌nature‌ ‌of‌ ‌competitive‌ ‌high‌ ‌school‌ ‌basketball.‌ ‌ ‌

Also,‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Jordane‌ ‌Adams‌ ‌is‌ ‌always‌ ‌dressed‌ ‌well.‌ ‌His‌ ‌teammates‌ ‌agree‌ ‌his‌ ‌hair‌ ‌is‌ ‌always‌ ‌looking‌ ‌good‌ ‌and‌ ‌he‌ has‌ style‌ ‌both on‌ ‌and‌ ‌off‌ ‌the‌ ‌court‌.‌ ‌ ‌

Unanimously,‌ ‌the‌ ‌player‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌team‌ ‌who‌ ‌is‌ the ‌hardest‌ ‌to‌ ‌beat‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌one‌ ‌versus‌ ‌one‌ ‌is‌ ‌Michael‌ ‌Koroly.‌ ‌Koroly‌ ‌can‌ ‌either‌ stepback‌ ‌and‌ ‌shoot‌ ‌it‌ ‌right‌ ‌in‌ ‌front‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌opponent‌ ‌or‌ ‌drive‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌hoop‌ ‌and‌ ‌score.‌ ‌With‌ ‌very ‌advanced‌ ‌ball‌ ‌handling‌ as‌ ‌well,‌ ‌he‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌many‌ ‌weaknesses.‌ ‌

A‌ ‌new‌ ‌up‌ ‌and‌ ‌coming‌ ‌player‌ ‌that‌ ‌his‌ ‌teammates‌ ‌are‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌improve‌ ‌is‌ ‌Davoun‌ ‌Fuse.‌ ‌His‌ ‌teammates‌ ‌view‌ him‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌explosive,‌ ‌athletic‌ ‌young‌ ‌player‌ ‌that‌ ‌they‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌develop.‌ ‌He‌ ‌is‌ ‌only‌ ‌a‌ ‌freshman,‌ ‌but‌ ‌a‌ ‌bigger‌ ‌body‌ on‌ ‌the‌ ‌court‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌teammates‌ ‌agree‌ ‌he‌ ‌is‌ ‌fun‌ ‌to‌ ‌play‌ ‌with.‌ ‌

Trapuzzano‌ ‌says‌ ‌“We’re‌ ‌a‌ ‌solid‌ ‌team.‌ ‌When‌ ‌we‌ ‌play‌ ‌with‌ ‌support‌ ‌we‌ ‌do‌ ‌better;‌ ‌we‌ ‌feed‌ ‌off‌ ‌the‌ ‌energy‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌fans.”‌ ‌

People‌ ‌should‌ ‌definitely‌ ‌attend as many games as they can this year.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Trinity‌ ‌boys‌’ ‌basketball‌ ‌team‌ ‌is ‌at‌ ‌

the‌ ‌top‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌table‌ ‌and‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌that‌ ‌spot‌ ‌until‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌season.‌ ‌ ‌