WAYLAND — It's hard to believe the high school hoop season is about to commence.
One year ago Mike Fields took over the Wayland-Cohocton boys program and quickly moved the tempo meter on the Golden Eagles offense from medium to high as the maroon and gold became one of the premiere three-point shooting threats in not only Section V, but in the entire state as well.
Way-Co finished the 2017-18 campaign with a record of 9-12, with a number of those games swinging in the balance late, games that could have gone either way. Despite Coach Fields mentoring in only his second Livingston County League season, he's coached some impressive squads in the Keystone State in the past, compiling a career coaching record of 366-165.
One of coach Fields' benchmarks is "an uptempo style of play, and shooting the three." Needless to say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be the philosophy for success for his teams. This year's Wayland-Cohocton team will be the same in a lot of ways. The Golden Eagles will return four starters this winter with Mitch Wetherbee being the only loss to graduation from a year ago.
This year's roster shapes up this way. There will be four returning starters including senior guard Connor Englert, a Spectator Great 8 First Team selection who averaged 18.8 points per game last year. Englert is joined by junior forwards Cameron Huber (11.9 ppg), Jamie Carman (11.2) and Justin Horton (3.7 ppg).
Fields' club also had a quartet of contributors with varsity experience from last year with senior forwards Keeghan Savoir and Derek Cheasman (3.3 ppg), senior guard Brandon DeGuarde (6.7 ppg), and junior swing-man DeAndre Green (4.6 ppg). Junior varsity call-ups looking to make an immediate impact are juniors Ben Wood, Logan Brown, Ethan Trischler and Blake Zastawrny.
The maroon and gold's style will be "uptempo, fast, exciting, and again shooting the three." These will certainly be priorities to Wayland-Cohocton's success. Last year Max Preps stats noted that Wayland-Cohocton averaged 8.8 3-pointers per game which was No. 1 in the state among statistics reported to the site. Another note of interest includes the fact that senior guard Connor Englert is 122 points shy of hitting the 1,000 point mark in his illustrious career.
From a coach's standpoint, Mike Fields notes, "With a talented bench and four returning starters, Wayland-Cohocton expects to be very competitive in the regular season and into the sectionals."