"Parchment could be in the KVA Mix"
Tuesday December 7, 2004
by Del Newell (Kalamazoo Gazette)
When Larry Baily "cries Wolf" it's anything but a fearful alarm of impending problems.
When it comes to a Wolf on Parchment's basketball team good things are expected to happen when junionr guard Alex Wolf has the ball.
Bailey, who's beginning his seventh season as Parchment's boys' coach and is one of the school's all-time standouts, said two years ago that Wolf "could be the best true point guard at Parchment in the last 25 years."
And Wolf, who's a three-year starter on the varsity along with another junior, 6-foot-5 austin Patton, has lived up to the billing.
Wolf averaged 13 points and 4.2 assists a game as a sophomore. A coach on the floor because of his decision-making and ball-handling skills, Wolf should be even better this winter.
Patton led the Panthers and the Kalamazoo Valley Association with a 14.6-point average and pulled down 6.5 rebounds a game.
Add Matt Chappell, another junior, and Parchment has plenty of experience back to improve on last year's 10-12 overall record and 6-6 mark in the KVA.
"Patton and Wolf are in their third year on the varsity and Chappell is in his second and they will play key roles," Bailey said.
Bailey also points to Ben Holdridge and 6-5 Alex Aerafini, plus matt Richards, Dan Homrich and Craig Burghardt, all of who are seniors, and juniors Mitch DeHaan and Zack Rassler to give Parchment its best depth in years.
"We will play at least 10 people this year," Bailey said. "Never before have I had a team that went 10 deep."
"If all the players (mentioned above) accept their particular roles, we should be very competitive. Team speed is also better than ever."
Even though he has some muscle and size inside in Patton and Serafini, Bailey has some concerns: "Consistent post play is something we will have to improve at."
There has been a change on Parchment's coaching staff as Darrick Gregory, who played on Parchment's team that reached the Class C semifinals in 2000, has been added as an assistant coach.
Regarding the KVA, Bailey said: "It's going to be very tough again this year. K-christian and Paw Paw still on top until somone steps up to challenge them. We hope to be one of those teams."
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 Years that juniors Alex Wolf and Austin Patton will be starters on Parchment's varsity.
OUTLOOK: Parchment has two of the top players in the KVA in guard alex Wolf and forward Austin Patton. How the other players fit in will go a long way toward making Parchment competitive with Kalamazoo Christian and Paw Paw in the KVA.
Preseason Tournament at The Courthouse in Grand Rapids
Summary: In typical Courthouse basketball tournament fashion the refs kept all the games on schedule by letting the kids beat the crap out of each other. The P-town squad went 1-3 against some stiff competion, playing much better early in the tournament but eventually wearing thin with their tempers after 4 hours of arm to arm combat. Few players left the court without cuts and bruises. Alex took an elbow to the eye that sent him sliding into the bleachers (no call of course) and left him with a sweet shiner that swelled up so much it cracked the skin and started bleeding. A North Point Christian player was fouled so hard that he left the court with a broken collar bone. The number of players with twisted ankles due to the violent nature of the games were too numerous to mention. During the fourth game of this all day brawl Coach Bailey became so frustrated with declining attitudes of the P-town players that he had to leave the gym. On the up side there was a lot of quality play, especially early in the tournament. P-town's strongest effort came when they took Battle Creek Central to the wire before dropping a one point decision. If Coach Bailey can get just a few ballers to leave the trash talking to the And 1 Tour videos and "just play ball" I think Parchment has a real shot at taking the KVA this year. But if the players continue to talk trash (a poor reflection on themselves, Parchment High School, and on the community of Parchment) then the season will be little more than another also ran season in a long line of also ran seasons for the Panther squad. C'mon fellas you are better players than that!!! GO P-TOWN!! The "real" P-town!!
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