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November 29, 2013

Outlaw coach wants boys to develop chemistry

MARLOW — Kirk Harris takes over as the head coach of the Marlow boys basketball team after coaching the girls team to a winning season last year.

While Harris isn’t exactly new to Marlow — this is his 29th year at the school — he knows his switch from boys to girls will be an adjustment. He hopes the players can respond well to the change and the team can put together a strong season.

“Once we get in here, then we just need to start coming together as a team, and try to get cohesive really quick,” Harris said. “I’d say, before Christmas, our number one goal is to develop a chemistry where we can find out what our strengths and weaknesses are.”

One of the things that initially slowed Harris down was the football team making the state playoffs. He wished the best of luck to them, but the Outlaws lost to Seminole in the first round. A couple of key players on the basketball team also played key roles on the football team and now could start practicing with their new teammates.

Sophomore Braeden O’Dell, who played quarterback, returns after getting significant time as a freshman. Senior Trey Coffman, Marlow’s starting tailback, will be playing again after missing last season. With a lot of the athletes returning, Harris didn’t want to pencil in a starting lineup yet. Instead, he plans on letting those players prove for themselves who deserves to start.

“I’d like to wait and let them come in with a clean slate,” Harris said. “As far as a starting lineup, I want those guys to come in and decide that, instead of me preconceiving who I want out there.”

With a lot more experience returning than the team had last year, junior Nathan Crowson is excited for the goals the Outlaws could accomplish this year. Riding off a 13-8 record last season, there are a lot of opportunities for his team.

“We started off well last year, but we were young,” Crowson said. “It’s just great to turn the season around from the previous seasons. With more experience, we’ll just keep getting better.”

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