Joining the Tradition

Based on the past success of the boys basketball program, two juniors transferred to be a part of the team’s legacy of winning

The reputation of Fenton basketball is about to be put on the line. With the departure of four 2013 seniors, the new varsity team will need to replace the leadership lost in order to win a sixth consecutive Metro League title. That leadership will be aided by two incoming transfers, juniors Dillon Gardner and Beau LePage. “I transferred from Holly to play basketball,” Gardner said. “The program here is great and they have a tradition of winning that I could not refuse to be a part of.” Goals for the season remain high and the level of success is not expected to drop despite the loss of senior leadership. “Our goal is to win the sixth straight Metro League title,” LePage said. “We want to go undefeated and nothing else will be accepted.” As new members of the basketball team, the two players are trying to find their place on the squad. “Playing together helps us build our chemistry and work together better,” Gardner said. “Our coach is always nice and friendly; he has helped me adjust by talking to me on the phone about the team.” Head varsity coach Tim Olszewski has seen the effort of the two players first hand. “In the off season and fall ball they seem to work hard; they seem to work very well with everyone else,” Olszewski said. “The adjustment is minimal for them because the kids here are great and they come in high character kids. I hope they have a great tryout.” Despite the fact that Gardner transferred from a rival school and LePage came from a school Fenton rarely sees on the court, junior Austin Bossenberger believes they have meshed well with their new teammates. “All three of us played in a fall basketball league,” Bossenberger said. “They are funny guys who are always cracking jokes in practice. They fit in really well, they have adjusted quickly and that helps us gel together.”