Dansville boys set for shortened 2021 hoop campaign

Drew Morrow leads returning Mustangs into shortened 2021 season

By Frank Williams
The Express

DANSVILLE — A lot has happened since the Dansville boys basketball team took the court last February.

The Mustangs finished the 2019-20 season with a deceptive 4-17 record, which would wind up being the final sport many seniors (let alone underclassmen) would play the remainder of the year. With the COVID-19 looming and lurking, there were questions if all of this health crisis scenario would clear up in time for any sports to resume.   Thankfully many medical "mini-miracles" are occurring, shedding some light on at least "shortened" seasons (which are better than none at all!).

Coach Dave Moodie, in his ninth year, was happy with the announcement that high school hoops could resume, along with his fairly young team.

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"We have a lot of youth on this year's varsity team," Moodie said. "However, I am confident in each player's ability to positively contribute. With a shortened season and a schedule packed with games, each player will be counted on to perform. The kids on this team really enjoy sports, specifically, playing basketball. I am very happy that they are getting this opportunity."

Moodie's club will be relying on some key returning players, such as: 

  • Jonah Gray - Senior Forward (6 ppg, 4 rpg) 
  • Ryan Carnevale - Senior Guard (3 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 spg) 
  • Drew Morrow - Junior Forward (15 ppg, 11 rpg)
  • Calab Rigdon - Junior Guard

In addition to the experienced varsity players, the top newcomers will be a huge key in such a shortened season. These players include: 

  • Bryce Applin - Junior Forward
  • Ben Sick - Junior Forward 
  • Jakob Smith - Junior Guard 
  • Dawson Wadsworth - Sophomore Guard
  • Tyler Harris - Sophomore Guard
  • Collin Gray - Sophomore Guard

Coach Moodie has great expectations and is looking for everybody to give 150% in this abbreviated campaign.

"Our upperclassmen will be expected to set the tempo both at practices and at games, while our underclassmen will be counted on to show what they are capable of," he said. "This is a great group of kids that I really enjoy coaching. Our motto for this season is: one game at a time and make the best out of the opportunities you've been given."

Dansville's schedule will consist of 10 games with five different opponents, with two games in the wings for the potential "post season."

The Mustangs opened the season Friday (see local roundup) as the schedule pans out this way: 

  •  Fri. Feb. 12-at Warsaw
  • Tue. Feb. 16 at Bath (Haverling)
  • Sat. Feb. 20-vs. Leroy  (JV 2:30-Var. 4pm)
  • Mon. Feb. 22-at Hornell
  • Wed. Feb. 24- vs Warsaw
  • Fri. Feb. .26-vs. Haverling
  • Tue. Mar. 2- at Livonia
  • Thur. Mar. 4- at Leroy
  • Sat. Mar. 6- vs. Hornell (JV 2:30-Var. 4pm).