Columbia finished with a 2-19 overall boys basketball record last season, but the Capitals weren’t as bad as the record might indicate said veteran coach Mark Kirlough.
“I call it a season of missed chances,” said Kirlough.
“We lost 12 games overall by a total of 14 points and five of our region losses were by a total of seven points. We have a lot of experience coming back and a summer of winning and that should equate to more wins this season.”
The Caps welcome back four starters and three additional lettermen.
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Junior Justin Metze and senior Kevin Davis are returning starters at guard, while senior Akil Sharperson and McArtha Thompson are back at forward spots. Seniors Nick Springs, Jordan Faust and sophomore Shykeem Marlow all saw considerable playing time off the bench last season.
The one obvious problem is a lack of height. Sharperson (6-2) is the tallest starter. Freshman Marcus Praylow, a 6-3 forward, could help the cause a lot this season.
The top goal is to return to the Class 2A state playoffs after going 1-9 in Region 4-2A play last season. But it won’t be easy in a tough basketball conference that features Keenan, Eau Claire, Lee Central and Central.