High school basketball teams continue to hoop it up in the summer


WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Coastal Christian High School is hosting a week long high school basketball league. On Wednesday Coastal entertained Ashley while Trask and Hoggard shared the same court. Rodney Orr is the new Trask head coach. “They’re doing basketball every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They’re doing football every Tuesday and Thursday morning,” Orr said. “The soccer team works out every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. There’s plenty for the kids in Pender County to do.”

Bryn McSwain is the Ashley head basketball coach. He admits he worked his squad too hard last summmer. “This summer we’re taking a step back by taking a less is more approach,” McSwain said. “Instead of doing four days like we did last summer we’re doing three days a week and working really hard during those three days. We only have a short amount of time in the gym, but we’ll work hard on those three days.”

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Ashley only returns five players from last year’s team. This includes center T.J. Williams who did not suit up against Coastal Christian. Plus, the Screaming Eagles have a new addition with transfer guard Drew Combs who left Hoggard to play his senior year at Ashley. “Last we lost Travis Keys to Laney,” McSwain said. “We always have a running joke as coaches. It’s like the coaching carousel with NCAA coaches. Sometimes they’re not the right fit and they move. Sometimes that’s to both teams advantage.”

Ir’s funny how things work out sometimes. Just ask Rodney Orr who didn’t become the Trask head coach until three weeks ago. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” Orr said. “I appreciate the chance I got. We have a good, hard working group of young men who I’m excited to work with.”