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Preparing for varsity basketball

Successful summer for Bulldogs
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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With a young group of players on the prospective varsity basketball roster next school year, this summer?s activity is important for Folsom High?s basketball program. The varsity team?s summer roster featured 12 players, including five sophomores playing varsity for the first time as well as a freshman. Despite the youth, the team had success, winning 19 out of 25 games during June and early July. The team stayed busy with four practices a week and played in five tournaments on the weekends. ?We were really competitive in virtually every game,? Folsom coach Mike Wall said. ?We either won the game or were battling to win.? Folsom got a wake-up call to varsity basketball in their first tournament at Sac State where it won only once in four games. The Bulldogs defeated Beyer, but lost to traditionally tough teams in Antelope, Sac High and St. Marys. ?It was a rough go to start,? Wall said. ?We had leads in those games, including a 15-point lead against Antelope, and squandered it. That goes to our youth and inexperience, as we were not used to varsity basketball and the intense pressure of the defense.? The more practices the team got under its belt, the better it played. They won three of four games at the Davis tournament, five out of seven at Sheldon, went 7-0 at De La Salle and then 3-0 at their own tournament. Wall?s goal for the team this summer was achieved. ?I wanted the roster to be acclimated to playing varsity basketball,? Wall said. ?The summer is an important time for the team to build chemistry, which was excellent with this group. It?s crucial for our four football players to play with the team and feel like they?re a part of the team when they get here in the fall. ?It was a very productive summer, ?Wall continued. ?The progress we made was exactly what I was looking for. The team chemistry was good and we have a good groundwork for when we start up again when the season starts.?