By Odalis Pena-Guzman and Andres Gonzalez The Western Express
Following last school year’s championship season, Western International High School boys basketball head coach Derrick McDowell is confident in a repeat.
The team is full of players with experience and the hunger to repeat, but the players will have to work harder to be prepared mentally and physically for the season, McDowell said. The season begins in mid-November.
“I’m really eager and positive about this team.” McDowell said. “It’s important to understand that teams will play their best against us every night, so we have to be ready.
On March 28, Western’s Cowboys won the Class-A state title, defeating Saginaw Arthur Hill, 62-59. The team finished the season with a 26-0 record.
Star players, and seniors from last year’s season, Kheir Maxwell and Josh McFolley earned scholarships to play for University of Detroit Mercy.
Western’s staff and students were proud of the team’s huge success in bringing a trophy home and for their hard work. To celebrate their huge victory, there was ceremony held at the high school in Detroit’s Mexicantown on April 2. McDowell gave a speech at the ceremony, telling the crowd how proud he was of the team.
He hopes he’ll be able to give another championship speech this season.