By RUSTIN WATT • Daily Leader The 5-0 Redskins are preparing for the Western Athletic Conference title, a bumpy and difficult road that will begin with a trip to Hays Friday night.
They will look to start WAC play with a bang Friday night against the always tough Hays Indians who are currently sitting at 4-2.
“We are definitely excited to get back on the floor and play,”
Liberal head coach Drew Gruver said. “The WAC is always a tough game no matter what night or who you’re playing. Hays is a good quality team and they are going to give us a good quality test Friday night.”
The Redskins put in time over break to continue to improve and prepare for the difficult conference play of the WAC.
Currently the Redskins are the reigning WAC champions, only suffering one loss in conference play last season on the road to the Red Demons of Dodge City. As the defending champs, the rest of the league will be looking to take down the high man on the on the totem pole.
“We got to come out ready to play every night,” Gruver said. “We got a big target on our back and teams are going to look to knock us off because we had a good season last year. Obviously, people are going to get up for us and we have to come out ready to play no matter who we are playing and expect the best game from our opponent.”
The ’Skins have definitely jumped out to a great start and know what it is like to play in a tight game. The boys played a top 10 Oklahoma team in Muskogee down to the wire and came out with a big win. The game with Muskogee proved Liberal knows how to fight and to play with intensity and can bang and be physical with bigger teams.
The Redskins are currently ranked fourth in class 5A, but a key to a successful team is striving for more, never getting complacent, never getting satisfied, and that is definitely the mentality being instilled into the Redskins.
“We try to make practice competitive every day and just let them know more is out there and not to get a big head thinking we have done something, because no one bases a season on what you did the first five games of the year,” Gruver said. “We’ve got to realize there are bigger and better things out there for us and have to improve each day and get better for a chance at reaching those bigger and better things.”