Scott Beaman’s mission is rebuilding the Rebels.
Beaman is Randolph Southern’s third boys basketball coach in three years, and while numbers are low this year, he said the Rebels are committed to the game.
“That’s what we wanted,” Beaman said. “We’re going to play this season with the guys who wanted to play, try to get better and aim for the sectional.”
Randolph Southern has five seniors in Clayton Retter, Baylee Farmer, Dillon Jones, Ryan Runkle and Matt Harshman.
Juniors Jake Wolfal, Kyle Armstrong, Dalton Gambrel and Matt Bedel also are expected to contribute, as is sophomore Nick Dunham and freshman Levi Knoll.
The Rebels have to replace large chunks of scoring.
“We have to find out who is going to step up and take what roles,” Beaman said. “We have guys who are going to have to step up and fill those voids.”
Beaman described the Rebels as “coachable” and eager to learn.
“We’re rebuilding, but we’re trying to win games,” said Beaman, who previously coached at Seton Catholic. “We’re going to do our best to make it happen.”
The Rebels open with a 1-2 combination of Tri-Eastern Conference foes right out of the gate. They’ll play host Tuesday to defending TEC champion Hagerstown, then travel Friday to face traditional Randolph County power Winchester.
Randolph Southern faces six TEC teams in its first seven games, with a Dec. 10 home game against Seton Catholic also in the mix.
“We’ll come out better for it,” Beaman said of the challenging schedule. “We’re going to fight hard all the way to the end. I know we’re going to give 32 minutes of effort.”
The Rebels’ first Mid-Eastern Conference contest is Jan. 17 at home with Muncie Burris.
Randolph Southern finished 4-16 overall last season, 2-6 in the MEC.
Wapahani won the conference at 8-0.
“They are as good as it gets in 2A,” Beaman said of the Raiders.
“It’s a marathon. “We’re trying to be good in March. That’s what we’ve been preaching. … We’re looking long term, big picture, and that’s what we’re trying to focus on.”