New Wink High boys’ basketball coach Jason Archibald understands what his first order of business needs to be.
“We’re a very young team with only one senior, but we’ve got a lot of potential,” Archibald told Texas Scorecard. “Our biggest thing is just getting the kids to buy into the program and being willing to work on becoming more fundamentally sound. We’ve struggled in the past, but this time is about righting the ship and making it last.”
Archibald takes over a roster that features three juniors, five sophomores and a freshman. He said his young team had already shown itself to have what he feels every team needs most.
“This is a hard-working group and the effort is always there from my guys,” he said. “We’ve got a real high-quality group here and I love the way they’ve come to work from the start of the season.”
Sophomore post man Brock Gibson sets the tone for Wink, averaging 14 rebounds and six points over the team’s first two games.
“He leads by example in the way he works,” Archibald said of the 6-foot-1, 215-pound battler. “He doesn’t say much, he just goes out and works.”
Fellow sophomore Junior Quiroz leads Wink in scoring at 12 points per game, while sophomore guard Zach Rojas and junior forward J.B. Fostel have also had their moments to shine.
Archibald is also anxiously awaiting the return of 6-foot-4, 175-pound senior Wade Halterman, sidelined all season by illness but due back in the lineup soon.
“Right now, it’s all about building chemistry for us,” he said. “But I feel we’re halfway there in the way our guys willing to work and learn. It’s always refreshing for a coach to know you never have to worry about effort.”