SULPHUR — It’s nothing new for a team from Sulphur to face adversity at any point of its respective athletic season.

SULPHUR — It’s nothing new for a team from Sulphur to face adversity at any point of its respective athletic season.

Although having to experience it during the summer is not something that happens very often for the Bulldogs basketball team.

Despite having multiple returning players coming back next year, the Bulldogs are having to go through their summer preparations without standout TJ Todd, who underwent successful surgery earlier this summer to fix a broken fibula. 

But the setback hasn’t stopped the red and white from working hard, as they have been busy traveling all over Oklahoma in anticipation for what they hope will be a return to glory during the 2019-2020 season. 

“We’ve had a few team camps this summer in Kingston, then having one in Sulphur, and we’ll finish up with one in Lindsay,” Sulphur coach Chase Todd said. “Right now it’s about helping the new guys who haven’t played basketball the last few years. We’re trying to get them some games under their belts and get them back in that basketball mentality.” 

“Obviously it’s good when you have a ton of kids coming back who have playing experience,” Todd added. “They’re definitely going to help us with those new kids and helping them adjust to what we want to do as a team. We obviously can’t practice in the summer so it’s not so much about X’s and O’s right now. It’s about learning how we can play smart as a team and meshing together as a unit.” 

Among the players coming back next season will be Weston Arms, Tavius McDonald, and Price Daube among many others.

Last season Sulphur continued its success in the district tournament by defeating Henryetta, before losing in the winners bracket of the regional tournament against Spiro.

Sulphur did manage to rebound with a narrow win over Tishomingo, before being eliminated in the regional consolation semifinals against Marietta at Henryetta. 

The Bulldogs are looking to return to the area tournament this season for the first time since 2013-14 when Sulphur finished 21-6 on the season.