It’s that hard work that will not only keep Marek on top, but all bring his team along with him.
“He’s the hardest worker we have in the room,” George said. “It’s a pretty good example. Just look what he’s doing and follow it. And that’s what you got to have. You got to have the kids motivated by themselves. We can yell at them, holler at them, but until they decide to do it by themselves, it really doesn’t make a difference.”
Along with Marek, the SaberCats return 10 starters from last year’s team. That includes senior Zac Damico, who placed third at the state tournament last year and won it all as a freshman.
George is also looking for big seasons from Denton Ward, Zac Moore, Connor Dooling and freshman Jacoby Walker.
“We are further along right now than we were at the end of last year,” George said. “The kids have worked hard. They know our system. They know what we are talking about. We still have a lot of brand new kids. But just the fact we have a lot of seasoned kids coming back makes a lot of difference.”
But George doesn’t want his kids to just be the best in Oklahoma. Even though he admits he loves to play the underdog role, he plans to have his team ready for anything this year.
“Our schedule is really tough,” George said. “We are going to a lot of national tournaments out of state to beat the best guys their are. Our goal is to win all those tournaments. Not to just beat the guys around here. But to beat the best guys in the United States in high school.”
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