The Future is Now: Golden Eagle Basketball Excited for the 2018-19 Season


Mike Walk

Damon Gripp

The Golden Eagles will take on the Bellwood Blue Devils in the first regular season game of the year this Friday, December 7. The team has been working non-stop in the offseason to build off of their winning 17-5 record last year and is looking forward to what they hope will be a special season.

“Coach Gripp has us in there [the gym] almost every day for conditioning trying to get us in shape and ready to play together,” said senior Andrew Ferguson.

The basketball team is looking forward to playing some tough competitors this season and hoping to beat teams they fell to last season.

One of those tough teams to beat is Huntingdon.

“Huntingdon is a solid team and beat us both times last season. They also have a lot of returning players,” said sophomore Blaine Hoover.

With the team hosting a 17-5 record last year they’re hoping to build on it this year. With returning key players from the last season.

We are coming along nicely, practicing hard every day, and looking to improve on every aspect on both ends of the floor”

— Head Coach George Gripp


“Damon Gripp is a key player but as long as each one of us does our job we should do well this season,” said sophomore Brandon Lucas.

With the team losing five games last year they still have some room to improve and are hoping to learn from their losses last year.

“We are coming along nicely, practicing hard every day, and looking to improve on every aspect on both ends of the floor,” said head coach George Gripp.

The seniors on the team have a big role to play considering there are only two of them this year.  The team lost five senior leaders to graduation in 2018, so filling that leadership void will be a top priority at the beginning of the season.

“As long as we stay in the gym, stay active and keeping practicing hard I think we will do fairly well,” said senior Corbin Moon. Moon is one of the two seniors, along with Andrew Ferguson.

They also have a lot to look forward to this season with multiple underclassmen coming up.

“Corbin Moon, Stefon Locke, and Jake Taylor played significant roles on the JV team last year and have been looking good. We also have three freshman who could see varsity time also,” said Coach Gripp

This years team is hoping to stand out as one of the best teams in the history of Tyrone Basketball and make a run in the state tournament.

“I’m looking forward to going as far as I can with my teammates,” said Moon about his goals for the season.