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Chiles boys hoops looks to leave their mark

Posted: 11:55 PM, Feb 04, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-04 23:55:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - The Chiles boys basketball team is already off to one of their best starts in school history -- and for just the second time ever, they've beaten state power Rickards.

"It builds confidence," said head coach Rick Davis. "It builds team camaraderie."

"That gave us the confidence that we needed to push through the rest of the season," added senior LaCorey Levens.

It's a push that the Timberwolves are hoping to ride. They've made the postseason just seven times, and they've never won a District Championship.

"We really want to win," said senior Sam Hartmann. "We want to push forward to getting Districts, winning Districts. We really want to go farther than past years."

The past is what Chiles is trying to change, and this group, is the one to do it.

"People are starting to figure out we're here to compete," said Davis. "We're not here to just put on a jersey and get on the court. We're here to compete and make a name for Chiles basketball. in the past, when you think of Chiles basketball. Right now, we're jsut trying to change the image and the mindset about basketball players in our surrounding community."

"I just feel like we became brothers over the year and we're good with each other," added Levens. "We're just going to keep pushing. I feel like we're going to do something this year and make something big happen."

Something big for a school where nothing big has ever happened in hoops before.

"It's nice to be here starting a precedent of Chiles being good," said Hartmann. "We've all come together. We have a lot of the pieces we need. We have a lot more depth than any other team I'd say."

It's all up to the players. We're slowly changing the mindset, we're slowly getting players on board," said Davis. "We're slowly getting the parents and the community on board to say hey, we're here to build a program and to build a solid foundation for basketball here on the Northside."

A program everyone can be proud of.