The 2019-2020 season was tough for the Silex Owls finishing with just three wins, however, Coach Aaron Henke is ready to turn a rough season into a learning experience.
A bright spot for the Owls was their two wins over conference foes, Mark Twain and Louisiana, something that hadn’t been done in the last five years.
This year’s squad will be inexperienced, but for Henke “that’s no excuse”.
“We have several young players with high ceiling that will get some significant minutes. We will take some lumps throughout the season and hit roadblocks as most young or inexperienced teams do,” said Henke.
His expectations this year are to come out and compete each and every day and never be out worked.
“We will learn from each game and experience and improve as a group,” said Henke. “This group of young men has a lot of fight.”
The Owls have two seniors this season, Steven Salyer and Johny Owen.
“Steven put in a lot of time in this summer and fall and I am looking for him to make an impact this year. He will impact our team through example; communicating, diving for loose balls, little things that do not show up in the scorebook,” said Henke. “Johny Owen is new to our program this year. He is a big kid that has a lot of heart. He will be a great asset to our team coming off the bench and getting rebounds and banging around inside.”
Henke is looking forward to having a deeper bench this season, something he sees as an asset.
“I hope to play 8-10 a night and we will look to push the ball and make the game be played at our pace. We will be able to go big or smaller lineups that will allow for us to be quicker,” said Henke.
Just like many of the programs, Silex has been hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic and hopes to get everyone back on the team and ready to go as the season starts.
“We have only had our whole team together for a few practices because of COVID and players being quarantined. Once we get everyone back and start putting things together I feel we will be able to compete at a high level,” said Henke.