MOUNT VERNON — If the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets are going to repeat last year’s run that took them all the way to the Final Four, they’ll do it much more quietly.
Not that the Yellow Jackets are going to sneak up on anybody. They are one of the teams to beat in the Ohio Capital Conference again this season. It’s just that the senior leaders on the Yellow Jackets are a trio of diligent workers who go about their business quietly. Mount Vernon coach Alan Cassell hopes that Dan Tharp, Jake Scott and Aaron Nixon will make plenty of noise on the court.
“I’ve never had to step up and be a loud, commanding person,” said Scott. “It’s going to be a lot different for me but I plan to do my best and lead.”
To get back to being the team they were last year, all three will need to adjust to their new on-court roles as well.
“We are hoping to go further than we did last year and we’ve been working hard for it,” said Tharp. “Seniors always have to step up and there’s only three of us. The demand is always high and we have to be at our best, all the time.”
It will be a whole new experience for everyone. Nixon will see his third year on the varsity team, but he’ll have a brand new role as the team’s setter. Last year, Nixon played primarily outside. As a sophomore, he played middle.
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