Viera boys basketball rebuilding a winner


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Viera High co-captains Matt Schwarz, left, and Cayman Wade said this year’s team has plenty of talent. The Hawks just need to put last year’s winless season behind them and bring more intensity to the court.

photo by Carl Kotala

The rebuilding process is in full swing as the Viera High boys basketball team works its way through the 2014-15 season.

And while new coach Terry Parks believes the wins will come, it’s not the first order of business.

“We’re learning how to compete,” Parks said following a recent game against Martin County.

“After Christmas, toward the end of the season — even before then, actually — you’ll see a very competitive team. When you compete the way we did (against Martin County), you’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some, but I think you win more than you lose. We played really hard (against Martin County).”

The Hawks, who did not win a game last season, have already shown improvement. Viera has already won two games and is led by a large group of underclassmen, including junior co-captains Matt Schwarz and Cayman Wade.

The two juniors are bound and determined to do what they can to turn the Hawks back into a winning program.

“We’re going through a rough time right now, but I feel like we’ll be better in the end, which is always the best (scenario),” Wade said. “ As long as we work as a team, we’ll get through this and we’ll be a better team at the end. That’s truly how I feel.”

A big part of that, Schwarz said, will be learning how to take the effort the Hawks show during practice onto the court when the games really count.

“It’s all about intensity for me,” Schwarz said. “If you bring out the intensity … we have all the talent. Sports is all mental. If we just bring that tough mentality, we can break this tradition of losing.”

While Wade and Schwarz man the power forward positions, the Hawks have a pair of young point guards in freshman Try Schaneville and sophomore Adrian Kelly. Junior Darren Rodney is the team’s small forward, while senior Josh Korthius (6-foot-10) and junior Mitch Spradling (6-7) handle the center position. 

Parks said the Hawks are working on “the things that can get us beat” which include improving their ball security and rebounding on both ends of the floor.

The goal is to take better care of the ball, put pressure on the opponent by dominating the boards at both ends of the floor, and not allowing dribble drives or passes into the paint.

Parks has been a big hit with his players.

“He’s having a great impact on us, between teaching us and getting us ready for future games to just being a mentor,” Wade said. “He’s always there for us, regardless of what’s going on his life, which I really appreciate. It’s a great thing for us.”