“We have nine seniors returning and four starters, including our two leading scorers Nick Harris and Will Maguire,” St. Pius coach Aaron Parr said. “So we’ve got our core back from our run to the Elite Eight last year and I’m just really pumped about this team. It’s probably the deepest team I’ve had since I’ve been here.”
With this being his third year as head coach, Parr believes the team can do more than just win 22 games like last season.
“We really want to do well and compete for a region championship,” Parr said. “Then once you get in the state playoffs you kind of go game by game. Those are kind of our goals and we do have high expectations for sure.”
St. Pius captured its last region title in 2006.
During the offseason, one major focus for the Golden Lions was being more efficient on offense.
“Last year, I thought our offensive execution could have been better at times,” Parr said. “I thought our defense was solid so the whole offseason our focus has been on offensive execution.”
Parr would also like to see the team show more confidence from the start against elite opponents.
“There were a couple of games that were really big stages and I felt like the other team sort of came out more intense but we were just happy to be there at first instead of being like let’s go win this,” Parr said. “I’m hoping that we don’t have that mentality anymore and realize we deserve to be here and need to make the most of it.”
Parr also hopes his team doesn’t make overtime a trend this season even though the Golden Lions were 4-1 in OT games last year.
“We would rather not go into overtime but I think that allows them to be a little more relaxed and focused on the task at hand,” Parr said. “Hopefully, we win some of those games in regulation this year.”