Tigers feature a little more experience this time around

Returners should provide cagers with scoring boost


Cody Skubal Cody Skubal After experiencing the “empty nest” syndrome last season, the Rockdale Tigers can take comfort in the fact that they have a couple of players who have actual varsity experience.

Last year’s edition of the Tigers was faced with replacing 10 lettermen and all five starters and a lack of experience showed in a 9-16 season.

They have lost a couple of starters from last season in Le’Raven Clark and Ethan Brinkley.

The 6-foot-6 Clark, who led the Tigers in rebounding last year (7.7) is now playing football for Texas Tech.

Brinkley, just a junior, has decided to forgo basketball this season to prepare for baseball.

From the point guard spot, the 6-foot-2 Brinkley provided Rockdale with 7.4 points and also led the team in three pointers and assists.

Coach Dusty Loewe—beginning his 34th year as a coach and seventh in Rockdale—will return three starters and some reliable scorers in the fold.


William Dean William Dean Cody Skubal, fresh off a record setting season for the football team, is the top returning scorer for the Tigers after averaging 12.2 points a game last season.

The 6-foot-3 senior also pulled down seven rebounds a contest and also led the Tigers in steals with 29 an was tied with Brinkley in assists.

William Dean followed Skubal with an 8.6 average and the 5-11 junior was also the Tigers top free throw shooter (69 percent).

Mr. do-it-all James David is the third starter returning and the 6- 2 sophomore averaged five points, four rebounds and was second to Skubal in steals last season.

He’ll move over into Clark’s post position this season.

Zach Garza moved up to the varsity late last season and made an immediate impact, averaging eight points a game and shot 80 percent from behind the arc.

Other varsity newcomers include seniors Kirk Quinney, Reggie Hamilton, Stefan Trujilio and sophomore Darius Ford.

Another newcomer Loewe is excited about is 5-foot-11 freshman Wendell Mitchell, who is considered a true point guard who can step in for the departed Brinkley.

The Tigers are picked third in District 23-3A which would mean they would break the 17-year playoff drought that has plagued them for nearly two decades.

TIGER FILE

Coach: Dusty Loewe (7th season, 74-100, 34rd overall 478-434) 2011 record: 9-16 District record: 2-8 (5th) Key losses: Ethan Brinkley, Le’Raven Clark. Returning starters: 3 Key returnees: Cody Skubal (6-3, Sr., 12.2 ppg, 6.3 reb), James David (6-2, So.), Wiliam Dean (5- 11, Jr., 8.6), Zach Garza (6- 0, Sr.). Top newcomers: Wendell Mitchell (5-11, Fr.), Kirk Quinney (5-8, Sr.), Reggie Hamilton (5-8, Sr.), Stefan Trujilio (5-9, Sr.), Darius Ford (So.). District outlook: 3rd. Season opener: Tuesday at Salado. Last playoff appearance: 1997 Last winning season: 1997

TIGER ROSTER

No. Player Height Class
1 Kirk Quinney 5-8 Sr
2 Reggie Hamilton 5-8 Sr
3 Wendell Mitchell 5-11 Fr
4 Stefan Trujilio 5-9 Sr
5 Zach Garza 6- 0 Sr
10 Cody Skubal 6-3 Sr
12 Darius Ford 6- 0 So
25 William Dean 5-11 Jr
30 James David 6-2 So.


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