Josh Smith takes over as the new boy’s basketball coach at Baird this year. The Bears struggled to a 3-19 record last season and a 2-10 mark in District 13-1A. But Smith expects a much improved team this year.
“Much better,” he replied. “We have many more kids playing, which will make us more competitive.”
Baird, which returns four starters and five lettermen, has good size, led by 6’7” senior center Ryker Voigts.
“Ryker can dominate the paint on both sides of the ball,” Smith said. “He worked extremely hard in the weight room over the summer to improve his strength and ability.”
Voigts was the Bears’ leading scorer and rebounder last season.
Dakota Kitchens, a 5’11’ junior guard who led the team in assists last season, will run the Bears’ offense.
“Dakota worked to improve his game during the summer,’ Smith added. “He is a good athlete with improving ball skills.”
While Baird possesses good size and athleticism, Smith said the Bears will have to overcome a lack of experience. But he expects Baird to contend for a playoff spot from District 13-1A, which includes state semifinalist Eula.