Hazel Park High boys basketball looks to regain its footing

By: Christian Davis | Madison - Park News | Published January 26, 2011


HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park High boys basketball coach Geri Fuhr has seen just how good her team can be.

In the fourth game of the season, against Farmington High, Fuhr saw her Vikings put on a display in the first quarter like none other.

“It was the most unbelievable basketball I’ve seen played here. We just came out, and it was almost just, ‘wow,’” she said after practice Jan. 17. “It was like a fine-tuned machine. Everything was clicking and right where it needs to be. Everything is very proficient, precise and outstanding.”

The Vikings raced out to a 19-3 lead in the frame and eventually held on for the victory.
Since that Farmington victory, however, the squad suffered two straight league loss and was 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division at press time.

Despite the bumps, Fuhr and the rest of the squad are confident they’ll learn from it and move on.

“We had a great team meeting on Friday, and I think we’re all on the same page, and our chemistry seems to be a little better. It’s like it was more in the beginning,” Fuhr said.

To help get the team back on track, Fuhr called on seniors Dylan Bowman, Wesley Ellis, Kevin Gueits, Mark Jarnol and Dakota Ogles to lead.

“We needed more help from other people, and I think (they’re) focused on doing that more. We have talented kids, but they’re more on the shy level. I think that’s going to change,” she said.

Bowman said the meeting brought the players together and made them feel like more of a family.

“It was two losses, and we can’t do anything to get them back, but we can play harder,” he said.

Ogles, who is averaging 19.4 points and 13.4 rebounds per game, agreed that it’s up to the seniors to set an example.

“It’s pretty crucial. We have a lot of young players, and if they see you slacking off, then they think it’s OK to slack off,” he said.

“There’s a lot of time left,” Ellis, who is leading the squad with 6.5 assists per game, added. “Maybe it was good to get those two losses out of the way early in the season. Maybe we’ll go undefeated the rest of the way.”

Catch the Vikings against Rochester High at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at home.