Boys’ basketball shoots for successful season


Photo courtesy of Dante DeRubbo.

Coach Matthews gives the starting lineup: Dante DeRubbo, Andrew Collins, Owen Wayman, Tim Hodges, and Tyler Johnson a motivational talk to hype them up before their first home game.

The boys’ varsity basketball team is playing at a competitive level this year. So far, the boys have played five away games and seven home games. Their current record is 6-4.

The seniors this year are Owen Wayman and Andrew Collins, who are also the captains. These two have begun getting attention from college coaches from their hardwork, dedication and good knowledge of the game.  

Head Coach Mr. Tessmer says, “This team is fun to watch and is playing at a pretty competitive level, come out to Hiller Hall and join the Hooligans in creating a raucous environment.”

Trinity’s biggest rivals in basketball are Canon-McMillian and Washington High School due to the close proximity of the schools. Trinity started off their season by versing Washington High School on December 2, in a tournament hosted by Canon-McMillan High School, where the boys brought home a hiller victory. They do not play Canon-McMillan this year. 

Their section rivals include Thomas Jefferson, which they played January 10, and Bethel Park, which they played January 6. Both schools beat Trinity in close games. 

A typical practice schedule consists of four practices a week, as they play a game two times a week. Practice is about two hours long. The boys begin with film review and then spend the next hour and a half competing against each other.  Their goal is to make practice harder than a game, so that when they get to game time the players are more than ready to compete. 

Junior Tyler Johnson expands on their practices, “A regular practice is we start out form shooting then full court layups, then go over plays, then scrimmage, then we end the practice with running.”

Tessmer talks about his favorite memories from the season so far: “My favorite memories this year are opening night win against Wash High, Drew Collins going off for 32 points against Keystone Oaks, Dante and Tim alley-oop off the glass and Owen Wayman getting his first in-game dunk.”

Come support the boys at their next home game on January 31, against Bethel Park High School at 7:30 p.m.