Last season, the Wolfpack won only five contests and ended the year by losing 11 consecutive games. However, the squad has already won a school-record eight contests through Jan. 12 this season and is in the top half of the Region 5-AAAAA standings.
“This season has been going well and we’re real excited about it,” third-year head coach Ryan Dyer said.
Three seniors, Isaiah Carson, Devon Harris and Brandon Honoree each average more than eight points per game for the Wolfpack.
“Our key to success this year has been the maturity of the players, particularly the seniors,” Dyer said. “They’ve been playing on the varsity team since sophomore year and now have experience. We have a good mix of younger and older players.”
Sophomore Dylan Autenrieth leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game and grabs seven rebounds each contest.
“Dylan started for us last year and has matured while continuing to get better,” Dyer said. “He’s in the gym every morning and never satisfied.”
Dyer also notes that Quincy Jackson has also played well for the Wolfpack.
North Paulding has placed itself in a strong position to make the basketball playoffs for the first time in the school’s seven-year history.
“Making the postseason would be huge and a big landmark for us,” Dyer said.
The program looks to influence the players positively beyond the court. When a visitor attends practice, each coach and player is required to greet the attendee and give a welcome.
“We teach leadership classes to the players every week,” Dyer said. “We play blue-collar basketball and try to take that off the court, too. We’re teaching the young men and want them to get jobs, raise families and be successful.”
North Paulding returns to action Friday at home against East Paulding.