By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
For the first time in 30 seasons, John Boeckman won’t be on the bench when the Chisholm boys travel to Pioneer tonight to open the 2012-13 basketball season.
Cody Spurlock, who played for and coached under Boeckman, will be making his debut as the CHS head coach.
“There’s always a little pressure following somebody like coach Boe-ckman,’’ Spurlock said. “But I don’t put any more pressure on myself. To me, it’s an honor to follow somebody like him. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him.’’
Spurlock admitted it’s going to be “different now that I’m the one going to be making all of the decisions.’’
“It has been fun so far,’’ he said. “The kids are working hard. We’re anxious to get this first game under our belts. We want to come out strong tomorrow.’’
Spurlock said he was not sure about his starting lineup.
“I think that’s a good sign,’’ he said. “We have some depth. Ever-yone is working hard. It’s just a matter of determining who the best five are.’’
Spurlock said he’s optimistic about the season.
“We just want to be competitive and put forth our best effort on a nightly basis,’’ Spurlock said.
Chisholm girls coach Terry Middle-ton is optimistic after reaching the area semifinals last season.
“The girls are working really hard,’’ Middleton said. “We’re picking up where we left off last year. I think we’re ready to go.’’
Chisholm will start sophomores Megan Galusha and Morgan Lawver, junior Emily Raynor and Kammi Gruber for sure tonight.
There’s a long list battling for the other starting spot, including Faith Morales, Baylee Hammonds, Kaci McCary, Bailey Ford and Morgan Broadbent among others.
“We’re 10 to 11 deep,’’ Middleton said. “The good thing about this team is that I can grab somebody off the bench and put them in there and there’s nobody that would hurt us.
“Everybody is showing a lot of effort. In the past, I’ve gone with five starters and stayed with it for continuity. I don’t think I’m going to do that this year. Every practice the girls are fighting for a starting spot. They really want to play and be starters.’’
Middleton said the Lady Longhorns had a good off-season, especially the number of girls who lifted in the summer.
“Every day this week, we’re getting four or five of them coming in and shooting before school,’’ he said. “Most of them are staying 30 to 45 minutes after practice to do the same thing.’’