After three straight 20+ win seasons, the Skyhawks took a step back last year finishing 18-14 overall and a disappointing finish in the Arrowhead Conference. Now the Skyhawks face the challenge of reaching the top of the Arrowhead Conference and Region IV Division 1 standings with only one player returning from last season.
The key to the Skyhawk’s success this year will be their up-tempo style. Height wise, the Skyhawks will have one of their smaller groups in the recent years, but their ability to run, shoot, and pressure opponents; plus their extreme competitiveness should make this team an exciting, fun group to watch!
At the shooting guard position replacing All-Conference and All-Region shooting guard, Jacoby Posley, will be a interesting trio of new players: the true freshman; Jordan Harris, from Milledgeville High School; the transfer, Isaiah Box, who played at Rock Valley last year and is the brother of former Skyhawk All-Region player Jeremiah Box; and the third player that area fans might remember is Devin Johnson, who was a member of the Sterling High School Sectional Championship team in 2008.
At the point guard position is returning sophomore, A.J. Sharp who understands what it takes to win after Sectional Basketball and State Football Championships at Newman Catholic High School. Joining Sharp is All-Area and All-Conference freshman guard from Dixon High School, Laron Carr. The third point is freshman Chris Ellis who started at Rockford Jefferson last season.
At the small forward spot is true freshman Garrett Duffin from Princeton High School, Freshman Cody Edgeston from Rockford Guilford, and redshirt Sophomore Austen Lee, who is returning after sitting out last season with medical issues and after a year of recovery is returning to his passion of playing basketball at the collegiate level.
At the power-forward position are: transfer Davontae Brown, who played at rival Highland two years ago before sitting out last year; true freshman Sean Chislom, who was a Wisconsin All-State selection last year while playing for McFarland High School; and Montel Brown, who starred for Rockford Jefferson last year, finishing as their All-Time leading rebounder for his career.
Finally at the center position (or 3rd forward on this Skyhawk team) is freshman Lamar Upshaw from Rockford Jefferson; freshman Lawrence Lemon from Thorton FT, and freshman Malcolm Mabry, from Milwaukee South (the same high school as former Skyhawk JaMario Dunlap).
What this group (15) of Skyhawks have is an intensity and competitiveness that will make this season as exciting as ever, even with their lack of experience. Look for the Skyhawks to compete early and be ready for the Traditional Highland Christmas Tournament. Then, as the calendar turns to 2016, the Skyhawks look to be in position to compete for the Arrowhead Conference Championship against a strong group of conference rivals; Highland, Kishwaukee, Black Hawk, Illinois Valley, Carl Sandburg, and Black Hawk East!
Again this year the Skyhawks will host the Region IV Division 1 Championships at the end of the season. The goal for this team is to celebrate the championship on their home court.