Following a couple of blockbuster seasons to open his program, local pastor Casey Parham expects a continuity of success in Washington County HomeSchool Alliance (WACHA) boys varsity basketball for 2020-21.
Parham graduated only one senior (Noah Krieder) off last year’s team — although he will be missed.
“He was kind of a workhorse,” Parham said. “He did a lot of things that didn’t get noticed.”
Leading the pack of hungry and skilled returnees is forward Kent Girard, who last year was named as the Arkansas River District Player of the Year in the National HomeSchool Basketball Association.
“I’m excited for him to have a good start this year,” Parham said about last year’s team leading scorer. “He’s added quite a bit more shot making to his game.”
Josh Binau is another stalwart that will carry a fair share of the load.
“He didn’t lead us in scoring, but if he didn’t score we didn’t win,” Parham said about Binau. “He was so impactful.”
Parham also will be counting heavily on veterans Isaac Wootton and Isaiah Parham to help elevate the team to its potential.
He said he’s looking to each to have “an explosive year.”
Wootton, measuring out at 6-foot-5, was last year’s second-leading scorer at 16 points per game.
“I’m expecting him to increase that,” coach Parham said. “He’s dunked on everyone in practice. He shoots the three really well and he’s gotten more physical.”
Isaiah is an experienced point guard and has blossomed to 6-foot-2, 175 pounds.
“He distributes the ball as well as I’ve seen,” Parham said. “He’s been working on getting to the rim and finishing.”
Some of the key players that will round out the starting lineup or come off the bench include returnees Ben Bush, Peyton Sutton, Levi Krieder, Kit Zervas, Isaiah Hammer and Jeremiah Hammer, and newcomer Ty Chinn.
The Hammer brothers “have speed to burn,” Parham said, and also lauded the skills and athleticism of the other boys mentioned.
WACHA is set to spring into action the first weekend in November by participating in a tournament in Dallas, which could feature more than 60 teams.
WACHA also is looking for additional OSSAA competition by participating in tournaments at Wesleyan Christian, Sperry and Miami (NEO tourney).
The site of home games has been moved to downtown Bartlesville, in the First Baptist Church Family Life Recreation Center at 405 South Cherokee, near the Pizza Hut.