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Small school hopes to rebound after basketball overhaul

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By Dominika Chruszcz, Andrea Davenport, and Olivia Lamberti

Carrollton High School may be small, but its basketball team has big shoes to fill.

Losing eight seniors and Carrollton’s longtime head coach, the team is attempting to rebuild under recently appointed leader Matt Goetten.

“This is a brand new varsity team we’re dealing with,” Goetten said. “They’re going to be teaching me how fast they can grow this year.”

Despite their best efforts to improve, Carrollton may have trouble when competing against larger schools. They attended the Team Men’s Basketball Camp at Eastern Illinois University on June 24 in order to hone their skills. 

Sophomore Cade McAdams sees difficult games as learning experiences.

 “The bigger schools have some tough players,” McAdams said. “I learn a lot of new skills playing against [them].”   

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