Front row, from left: Zachary Billings, Nathan Thompson, Sam Knowlton. Tyson Rice, Myles Brown, Silas Bates, Stephen Cochrane. back row: Mason Oliver, Nathan Winchester, Ethan Bates-cole, Skylar Perez, Jacob Grindle, Tobey Snow, Coleman Brown, Dillan Steele. By Jack Scott
Deer Isle—The boys basketball team has a large senior and freshmen component with very little in between. It works out to eight seniors, six freshmen, and one junior. First year coach Izaak Bolduc (more on him later) is impressed at how well the two classes have bonded and are working well together.
The seniors have a lot of experience and are Mason Oliver, Ethan Bates Cole, Nathan Winchester, Tyson Rice, Stephen Cochrane, Silas Bates, Jacob Grindle, and Tyler Perez.
The lone junior is Tobey Snow.
The freshmen are Myles Brown, Nathan Thompson, Sam Knowlton, Zachary Billings, Coleman Brown, and Dillan Steele.
Coach Bolduc feels we have several talented freshmen who will make an impact immediately. We have a good work ethic and are enthusiastic about practicing, getting everyone on the same page.
We were dealt a major setback when Mason Oliver landed awkwardly on someone’s foot and suffered a severe ankle sprain in the first scrimmage with Narraguagus. He has been our top scorer and rebounder and will be sorely missed until he can return. In the meantime, it will push the forwards behind him to step up and improve their play.
Without the offense from Mason Oliver, we will be more of a work in progress as the upperclassmen adjust their game to his absence as well as the play with the freshmen. The scrimmage with Narraguagus showed several bright spots but also that we have work to do, especially in the paint. It will be beneficial that we will have a JV team to help some of the freshmen develop their game.
Izaak Bolduc is the new coach for the boys this year. He is the physical education teacher at the high school. He played basketball in high school but played football in college. He has recently coached basketball in youth leagues and for an AAU team in Vermont. He knows the players from gym class and has a good working relationship with them because of that. He also worked with the players in fall ball earlier in the year.