Wheaton North hopes to become defensive force
WHEATON — The 2012-13 season for the Wheaton North boys basketball team was a tale of three parts.
A slow start to the campaign was followed by a hot streak before the Falcons struggled down the stretch.
"We got it going a little bit," said coach Dave Brackmann, whose team won five of seven games in late January. "We knew we had to step it up down the stretch against a tough schedule but we never got over the hump. But I am proud of the way the kids kept playing hard."
This season was the first for Brackmann as Wheaton North's varsity coach.
"I enjoyed the work and the preparation and being around the kids," he said. "I learned a lot. I knew my first year would be a learning experience. I'm excited to have the first year under my belt and am looking forward to going forward."
This offseason will be important now that the team is used to his system.
"I'm excited to implement a few changes and hopefully the kids are excited to put a lot of work in over the summer," Brackmann said.
While improvement in all aspects is the ultimate goal, a particular focus will be on the defensive end.
"We want to get back to where we are a force defensively," the coach said. "We have the personnel next year to possibly be a very good defensive team."
Wheaton North loses six seniors in Luc Moran, Nate Cassel, Mitch Vosberg, Jaylen Howze, Andrew Zelis and Joe Wayhart.
"I coached them all as sophomores and again as seniors," Brackmann said. "I know them well. It was a joy to coach them again."
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