T-Birds hope to improve roster

By Milo Kabigting - Staff Reporter

The Highline Men's Basketball team will look to improve its skills for next November, but with that comes preparation as early as the summer. 

The Thunderbirds fell short of the NWAC playoffs by one game, finishing the 2017-2018 season 11-17, 6-8 in the NWAC West Division.

"We need to rebound better, we have to shoot better and, most importantly, we have to all be completely committed to what we are doing," Head Coach Che Dawson said.

The team has been focusing on getting in the weight room and focusing on fundamentals, with and without the basketball.

"We have been working hard on getting stronger in the offseason and doing a lot of shooting and offhand work. The guys will continue to focus on that over the summer," Dawson said.

Coach Dawson will enter his 16th season as the Thunderbirds' head coach, with four NWAC championships under his belt. 

"I enjoy seeing the guys sacrifice their own interests for the good of the whole. When we have done that, we all have succeeded individually," he said.

There were only two sophomores on from last season's team, so the Thunderbirds next year should have greater balance between freshmen and returning players. 

"We have signed six players for next year. With them, we become longer and quicker, which is necessary defensively and on the boards," Dawson said. 

Highline has returning freshman David Harris, who was named to the First Team All-Star in the NWAC Western division, averaging  19.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Other players returning include Coby Rothwell and Travis Rice, who both performed well in the 2017/18 season.

"We should have a lot more balance on the team next year with an equal mix of sophomores and freshmen," Dawson said.

Coach Dawson said he expects his team to be fully committed in the offseason, and in season. 

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