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May Takes Over at Hundred

November 27, 2012
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

There is a new boys' basketball coach at Hundred this season, and Ryan May is looking to take the Hornets back to basics, start from scratch and teach them the game.

May takes over a program that has struggled in the past, has only two seniors and three juniors on the roster, but also plenty of young minds to mold with six sophomores and five freshmen in the mix.

"I want to teach these kids more about the game than they have ever learned before," May said. "I want to help develop them both on and off the court, and hope that can lead to a successful season and a successful program."

The first-year mentor had already decided on three starters early on in practice, but still has five players fighting for the final two positions in the first five. Both seniors, Kirk Shriver and Chris Varner will start along with junior Greg Stewart.

From there the final two spots will come down to junior Levi Simpson, sophomores Brandon Armstrong, Hunter Goddard and Davin Copeland and freshman Holden Moore. The three that don't start will be the first ones off the bench.

Also vying for playing time will be junior Ethan Umstead, sophomores Courtland Armstrong, Mike Myers and Brandon White and freshmen Hunter Goff, Greg Jones, Andrew King and Joe Mars.

"We do not have much height, so we probably won't be able to go with traditional positions," May added. "But we do have a load of sophomores and freshmen that we hope to develop for the future with experience and repetitions. The more game play these kids get, the more well-versed they will be as juniors and seniors.

May, who is a graduate of North Marion High School and was an assistant football coach for the Huskies, has been a teacher at Hundred for four years and feels that he has a good grasp on the community, students and parents.

"I know the other coaches, the parents and the students very well," May said. "It helps when you know the kids you are working with. I think, overall, I will have a good transition into coaching here."

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