High-scoring Hawks have big plans for season


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Viera's Sean Atkins drives to the basket during a recent game against Heritage. Atkins and the Hawks can score in bunches when they get hot.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

This year’s Viera High boys basketball team can put up points in a hurry.

And when the Hawks are really rolling, scoring perhaps 20-25 points in just a three-minute span -- it’s a sight to behold.

“It’s so much fun,” senior Tucker Espling said. “We love it. Since we’ve become a family, we just love each other and have each other’s backs. It’s just perfect.”

Hawks coach Brett Fink believes his team has just the right mix of talent on both the inside and outside to make Viera a very difficult matchup for opponents.

“You’ve got Trey Schaneville, Sean Atkins, Kevin Chandler, Quez Menyfield – all of those guys can shoot the 3,” Fink said. “And then if we open it up with the three, you’ve got Cortez (Reid) and Cooper (Davis), guys who can finish around the rim.

“It’s nice. It makes my job nice.”

Add Espling, who is always around the action on both ends of the floor, and bench that includes Andre Jones, Kameron Brown, Bear Bollinger and Quentin Mullon, it’s easy to see why the Hawks are thinking big.

“The expectations for this group are very high,” Fink said. “We’ve talked since the summer that the only limitations we should see are those that we put on ourselves … and we shouldn’t be putting any limitations on ourselves.

“We should take all those preconceived notions about, well, Viera’s done this, Viera’s done that … this isn’t the same Viera team. We really feel like this is a team that can come out of districts, and once you get out of districts, anything can happen.”

While the Hawks have certainly had their share of tough seasons, Fink and the players say this year will be different.

Fink has brought a family atmosphere to the Hawks and this year it is really paying off.

This Viera team is hungry for success.

“I know Trey and I are very determined since it’s our last season and we’ve been in this program all four years,” Espling said. “We’re very stoked about it. Since Coach Fink got here, he just turned us around, brought us (together) more like a family and we’re taking it by storm.”