Stronger. Bigger. Faster.

Stronger. Bigger. Faster.

Springer coach Robert Bradley says his boys team has improved in all areas since last season. The Cardinals have even improved since this summer. Springer attended three team camps and conducted its own basketball camp.

Last season, the boys finished 14-12, advancing to the first round of the regional tournament after coming in as a runner-up to Ryan in districts. Springer returns all five starters.

"My boys, I've got three senior starters and a standout sophomore in Tristan (Rogers)," "We're quick and big for Class B. We worked hard all summer."

"We've gotten stronger, bigger and faster. The confidence level is a lot higher and the work ethic is good."

Point guard Quan Brown, a four-year starter, is the Cardinals' top ball handler. Chase Satterwhite (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) and Rogers (6-4, 305) are the two main post threats for the Cardinals, who actually are a fast-break oriented offense, according to Bradley.
"Even my big men are quick," Bradley said.

Springer defeated Achille 60-50 on Friday to open the season. Brown led the way with 25 points, Satterwhite had 15 and Rogers chipped in with 14.

All three senior starters, Satterwhite, Brown and guard Foster Trusty, have started four years.

"Like my other two starters, they are leaders on the floor," Bradley said. "The confidence level is high having those three boys in there."

In addition to a strong starting lineup, the Cardinals have one of their best turnouts in boys and girls basketball in recent years. Bradley said the girls team has more players (11) than it's had in about three or four seasons.

"We have a deep bench," Bradley said. "If one of those (starters) gets in foul trouble, we've got four or five that can help out."

The girls team, which plays at home against Caney tonight at 6:30, returns four starters. The Springer boys will play against Caney at 8.

Erik K. Horne