Northern Tier Sports Report
CANTON â€” It was the first day of basketball practice for Cantonâ€™s football players on Tuesday as the team gears up for their opening season tournament in Galeton on Friday.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a big adjustment,â€ Canton coach Brock Kitchen said about his football players going from one sport to the other. â€œIâ€™m trying to be realistic. Weâ€™ve got a lot of guys whose bodies are worn out, going through 18 weeks of playing, so getting them into basketball shape is going to be a little slower start than usual.â€
It helps that a lot of their team was able to start practice when other teams did, so they arenâ€™t as far behind as they could be.
â€œHaving Isaiah (Niemczyk) here, and Conner (Foust), those two will definitely start,â€ remarked Kitchen. â€œHonestly, Iâ€™ve spent more time with my JV these first two weeks, because once these got here I wouldnâ€™t get much time with them. Those older kids have been very helpful trying to work with those guys, being coaches on the floor; it showed good patience by them I think.â€
One thing that helps is that numbers wonâ€™t be an issue this real, having so many players that they sent a couple freshmen down to junior high, giving them up to 23 players between varsity and JV.
â€œIâ€™m probably going to suit up 13 on varsity, and some of those will suit up JV, too,â€ Kitchen. â€œWeâ€™ll probably suit up a dozen on JV. Itâ€™s good numbers.â€
PHOTO CAPTION: Cantonâ€™s Isaiah Niemczyk dribbles as teammate Caiden Williams defendsâ€¦PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING.