Blanchet Catholic went 12-0 in the PacWest conference last year and 25-4 overall but with the transfers of RJ Veliz, Diego Torres and graduating Starting SF Mike Bashaw, Big man Steven Copple and guard Feddy Torres this season might be a rebuilding year for Max Goodman and staff. However, Blanchett is returning Junior James Moore who is a good three-point shooter and played a lot of minutes on varsity last season. Also, they bring back Senior Kalvin Sindlinger a big body that played in Coos Bay last season.
Blanchet might consider this a rebuilding year, but hopefully, Head Coach Max Goodman can turn around this roster, with doing so he needs shooting guard James Moore, and big man Kalvin Sindlinger to step up and be vocal leaders on the court. One thing I am interested to see in this group is who will be the leader, the last three seasons they had do everything guard RJ Veliz, but now he’s gone, who will be the guy to step up for them this season. Figuring that out will be a big question all season, who will step up in big moments when they need to make a bucket, who will be that guy who doesn’t give up and fights for those loose balls on the floor. My guess is as good as yours, hopefully, Blanchet figures out a way to pull out some wins and has a sub .500 record this season.
I think Blanchet with the loss of such good talent needs to be a scrappy team who plays together and works together if they want to be successful this season and shock people they will need to shoot the ball well.Also, they need to minimize turnovers and play by their strengths. With the returning players they have this season, they still have talent not as much as last year but they still have good players. However, playing in a league with Dayton, Amity and Salem Academy it will be very hard to sneak into the playoffs.
Blanchet is a well coached team, Max Goodman is a guy that will fight for his team, he is one of the best coaches in 3a, he has risen through the ranks to be the head coach at Blanchet, if this is a rebuilding year for Blanchet don’t count on that being a recurring theme in years to come.