Sports: Boys Basketball Anticipates an Exciting Season

Photo Credit: Connor Woods

A returning starter this season, Senior Ryan Roberts drives to the hoop during a game last year.

The M-A boys’ basketball team looks forward to a successful season this year, with many returning seniors to lead the team.  Coach Molieri will also return for his second year as head coach with many expectations and much excitement for the year.


Last year, the boys finished fourth in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) and qualified for CCS.  Coach Molieri commented, “It was a learning year with the goal of building a successful program.”


The team lost five seniors from last year, including two starters and key defensive players.  However, there are many seniors this year ready to step up and lead the team, including senior Royce Branning who is returning from a knee injury he sustained playing football for M-A last year.


“Royce is an inspiration to many of the guys,” stated Coach Molieri, “and they are excited to play with him again this season.” He added, “We are a much more experienced team this year, with a lot of returning [players], including three returning starters.”


With many more seniors this year, Coach Molieri believes the learning curve has improved significantly.  “We have some players who can shoot the ball well, for example seniors Markus Guegler, Leland Callahan, and Branning. We also have some big post players, including seniors Oliver Bucka and Grant Henninger, and we have an underrated guard who not many people know about yet, senior Ryan Roberts,” commented Molieri.


With a lot of seasoned veterans to carry the team, the goals this year are set high, focusing on a PAL Championship and qualifying for CCS.  Other important goals for the team include beating Sacred Heart and Menlo, two cross-town rivals.


Coach Molieri hopes the success of football will carry over into the basketball season.  He added, “I think the senior group in general and the spirit of the school is much better than last year, which I think this is going to show in the fans.”


Fans support is certainly a pivotal part of the basketball program. Leading the support for the boys  is the famous Sixth Man Club.  Under the leadership of senior presidents Thomas Johnson and Grant Johnson, the club officially has 360 members.  The Sixth Man began nine seasons ago, making this coming season the tenth anniversary; “Ten years of excellence,” stated Thomas Johnson.


Thomas Johnson echoes Coach Molieri’s observations, adding “This year spirit on campus is high, and the Sixth Man Club looks to feed off of this.”  The purpose of the club is to encourage the M-A team, as “we are all about the positive attitude and having a good time.”


This season, the club will be revealing many new cheers and traditions, including theme nights every Friday night, starting second semester.  The Sixth Man Club will be representing M-A for the first time this season at the long-awaited M-A vs. SHP game at Burlingame this upcoming Wednesday, and they encourage everyone to come to support the team. Come join in the spirit as the Bears gear up for another exciting year on the court.