MORRIS – There may have been no one happier than Morris senior Colin Cummings when the IHSA said that boys basketball season could start up again.
Cummings has been a mainstay on the Redskins varsity basketball team since his sophomore season, and he did not want to miss out on his senior season.
“It felt great, honestly, when I heard that we were going to be able to come back,” Cummings said. “It just feels great to be on the court again and playing with my teammates. We think we are going to have a good team this year.”
Cummings is particularly excited about the style of play the Redskins hope to invoke this season, a style that will incorporate a faster pace that plays to the strengths of the team members on the roster.
“We want to speed things up a little bit,” Cummings said. “That style really suits the guys on this team. A lot of the incoming juniors have been playing a fast game for a while.
“Mostly, it would have been a letdown to miss my senior season, but now that it’s here and we can play, we are happy to be on the court.”
Cummings’ coach, Joe Blumberg, feels the same way as he enters his 14th season.
“We’re happy to be back,” Blumberg said. “It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, but you won’t hear a negative word from me or anyone on our staff. There are things that we are going to have to do that we haven’t done before, but we are just going to have to work with it.”
Blumberg also passed along praise regarding the work done behind the scenes.
“I can’t give enough credit to [athletic director] Jeff [Johnson], [athletic secretary] Amber [Sharp] and [school nurse] Tracy Steffes,” Blumberg said. “Their names will never be in a box score, but no one has a season this year without their hard work getting everything organized and making sure we do all we can do to stay healthy.”
The Redskins begin play 6 p.m. Friday night, as they will host Senior Night against Dwight in a nonconference matchup, with a limit of 50 spectators, per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for sports under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
The Redskins will complete their opening weekend Saturday with a trip to Interstate 8 Conference rival Streator, but no spectators will be allowed.
Source: The Daily Chronicle