Three weeks of practice will lead up to one shining moment for new Homestead boys basketball coach Sean Crider when he and the Highlanders get their season underway at home on Friday, Dec. 2, with North Shore Conference rival Grafton.
"I'm super excited," he said. "The effort and the enthusiasm of the kids has been tremendous. It's gone very smoothly, and I've had such great support from the athletes, families and the athletic department."
Crider, a former Homestead assistant, takes over from Kevin McKenna, whose final team went 7-16 last season.
He will inherit a very young team, but will build around a few key returnees.
They include 6-5 junior point guard Greg Foster (7.6 ppg.), 6-2 senior forward Garrett Mitman (3.2 ppg.) and 6-4 senior forward Taejuan Johnson (9.5 ppg.).
Crider is looking forward to big things out of Foster who can play multiple positions and thinks Johnson is the best athlete in the school, capable of helping out on both ends of the floor.
Others who will be counted on include 6-5 sophomore forward Michael Kennedy, 6-1 junior guard Leo Garcia, 6-5 junior forward Reggie Butler, 6-5 senior center Sydan Parker, 6-9 senior forward Jack Quinlevan (7.9 ppg) and 6-0 sophomore guard Ryan Waddell.
"We'll look to be up-tempo both offensively and defensively," Crider said. "We'll really look to push the ball on offense."
Co-captains will be Mitman and Parker.
"Since I've got the job, they've done a great job of leading the kids, holding them accountable," Crider said. "The kids are in great, great shape. They're excited for the opportunity to get out there and compete. We really think we can finish in the top half of the (North Shore) Conference."
Border rival Cedarburg will be the favorite this winter as seven-time champ Germantown rebuilds.