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 Troy High junior Jake Emerzian drives with the ball against Berkley High earlier this season. Troy has won three consecutive district titles.

Troy High junior Jake Emerzian drives with the ball against Berkley High earlier this season. Troy has won three consecutive district titles.

Photo by Brian Sevald


Troy High boys hoops back in action

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published December 18, 2019

 Junior Brody Parker goes up for a shot. At press time, the Colts were off to a 2-0 start.

Junior Brody Parker goes up for a shot. At press time, the Colts were off to a 2-0 start.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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TROY — Even entering his 26th season as Troy High’s boys basketball coach, Gary Fralick said he is still “gung-ho” and enjoying it.

Although winning may not completely determine his job satisfaction, leading a program that has won three consecutive district championships probably doesn’t hurt.

Entering this year’s campaign, the Colts had an overall record of 50-22 over the past three seasons.

At press time, Troy was 2-0 overall and had yet to play a game in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“We got that experience of getting a championship, which fortunately was our third straight district,” Fralick said. “We’d like to be able to have a little bit more success in the state tournament; (we’d) like to be able to go a little bit farther.”

Some of the players who could be key contributors for the Colts are captains John Stabinsky and Brody Parker, along with Danny Schroeder, Eric Roach and Jake Wiseman.

Troy also added twins Ethan and Jake Emerzian to its roster. The twins are juniors who transferred from Rochester Adams.

In total, Troy has seven juniors and five seniors.

“I think our perimeter game is (going to) be strong,” Fralick said. “We should be able to knock down some shots. I like the unselfishness of the team, and I like their work ethic.”

Aside from compiling three district titles and one regional championship over the previous few seasons, the success Troy has had could also have a positive impact on the future of the program. From Fralick’s perspective, the Colts’ success got the attention of younger kids in the community.

“I think the younger kids in the district see that we’re having some success. I think it snowballs,” Fralick said. “I think our participation levels are high at the middle school; Troy Parks and Rec, there’s a lot (of) kids playing. … Hopefully, that is rolled over and had an effect on the younger kids in the district.”

As for the current crop of Colts, Fralick believes his team could be tough to beat if it continues to improve.

“I’m excited,” Fralick said. “I feel that (we) probably have the type of players that can succeed, and I’m looking forward to seeing that.”

Up next, Troy plays at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Rochester High.

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