The Watertown Gosling boys basketball program has lot of new faces this season, including one the bench. Veteran head coach Jim O’Leary takes over the program from Travis Moulton who stepped down after seven seasons on the job. O’Leary has over 40 years of coaching experience and also was Athletic Director at Oconomowoc from 1990 to 2004.
“The kids have responded pretty well to the new voice and the new terminology and some new things that we are doing and we’ve got 14 kids on our roster and right now they are all doing a great job.” O’Leary told DailyDodge.com. “I think we’re in good shape and we’re only going to get better.”
Junior Nate Gapinski (7ppg, 4rpg) is the lone returning starter from last year’s team that went 12-11. Senior Jackson Wehner (4ppg) and junior Oliver Meyers (7ppg) also return this season. With 14 players on this year’s roster finding playing time for all of them might be hard, but Coach O’Leary says every one of them could see action every night. In fact, every player in a Gosling uniform saw the floor in Saturday night’s season opening 51-49 loss to Beaver Dam.
“When the game was over and I thought about it the rest of the weekend, I asked myself the question, “Did playing 14 kids hurt us?” Then I thought about it and I watched a video of the game again. Clearly I think it’s the reason we came back and made game of it is because we played all fourteen.” O’Leary said. “It’s really, really for me an unusual thing to see. I’ve never been a part of a team that I think is not just this deep, but this balanced.”
Watertown dropped their season opener to Beaver Dam 51-49 on Saturday night and will host Columbus tonight.
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