By DAVID HUNTER
With the CCHS seniors gone this week for their annual trip, it was time for another Q and A with Head boys' basketball coach and athletic director Matt Rigsby. We discussed the previous basketball season, and looked ahead to the future of Cannon County athletics.
We thank him for this time, and here are the questions and answers to the interview session:
1. Another special senior class this school year. What have they meant to the program?
A: They have helped a lot in athletics overall. So many have played multiple sports, and they have dedicated a lot of time and effort, so we are thankful for that. It does not go unnoticed. We definitively do not feel like athletes should specialize. We should share our athletes, and it is a good thing to see them playing multiple sports, staying busy and staying active.
2. Both CCHS basketball teams were young last season, but each are getting better. How can both teams take that next step and compete in the district and beyond next season?
A: You got to learn to gel, a little bit. Having that youth, especially on the girls' team, you give them time. When you look up there are four or five freshmen on the floor. It just takes time to create not necessary chemistry per say, but just learning each other's style of play on the floor. That has to come with time.
3. What did you think of the first ever season of the CCMG basketball team?
A: That is why, the CCMG sports committee decided to meet during the spring to kind of go back and look at things and see what worked, what did not. What was the consensus of the community? We went around the room there in our first committee meeting back this spring. We heard the word "great", "Instant success", and a negative was never shared. That just thrills me to know we were able to all come together and put something together as a consensus, and put a plan in place that worked. Of course, I had a biased opinion, I thought it was awesome, and it went over extremely well, but to hear everyone else's settlements to say the same was very comforting to know.
4. Fall sports have started their offseason conditioning, so we should we expect from the CCHS fall sports this upcoming season?
A: Being a coach myself, you never truly know until you hit the hardwood, gridiron, or tennis courts in true competition. In football, you can gaze some things in workouts, and seven on sevens, but once you put the whole pieces together and compete against a different team, you never truly know. It is kind of nerve racking as a coach going in, you got to go through it every year, but you can definitely point out a lot of positives in things. I know on the football end, we got some guys in offseason workouts, and they are working hard. Girls soccer and volleyball will get rolling here in a little while. So, we should expect what we always want to expect is teams put together working hard and competing for championships.
5. Slow start to the CC spring sports, but each one is getting better, and weather has not helped. What do you think so far heading into postseason action?
A: Scheduling is never easy, I do not care wither it is a class schedule on an average school day, or athletic schedule. So, I don't envy what the coaches are going through right now, it cannot be fun with all of these rainouts, but all of the rain that has come through Woodbury has also come through the upper Cumberland district teams, too. So, they are all dealing with the same situation regarding scheduling. We are in a time crunch now with district tournament times set and about to start and end. We need to dry up and get back on the fields and courts so far.