Transition to basketball a task for football players

 By Dylan O’Toole
Round Table sports reporter

The football team was victorious in bringing back the state title from M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday Dec. 3, but now some of the key players from that team are immediately shifting their focus to the upcoming basketball season.

With the boys basketball team having its first game on Wednesday, seniors Michael Pritts and Ben Lewis, two of the key players on this years championship-winning football team, are now quickly transitioning from the different sports.

“It’s a tough transition to go from basketball to football so quickly but the fact that we won states makes it easier,” said Pritts.

“I’m going to have to run a lot and get into basketball shape,” said Lewis, who hasn’t played any serious basketball since last June.

“Although I don’t think me and guys like Mike (Pritts) are that far behind because we played last year and we know a lot the stuff the coaches are going over right now,” said Lewis.

Lewis knows it will be all about hard work if the team wants to receive another state title.

“We have been playing football”, Lewis says “but in basketball there are no significant breaks. It is non stop running up and down the court” 

Now that the Knights have its full team back and ready to play, they are hoping for another trip to a state championship, this time in basketball.