NEW CASTLE —
Scotties coach Stacy Robinson has a larger group to work with this year — 24 players — but not by much. That tally is up by just one over last season for one of the smallest schools in the WPIAL.
“It’s no surprise. We saw this coming a few years ago,” Robinson said. “We’re at that stage in our program with 89 boys in our school, if you look at percentages, we still have about 30 percent of our boys in our school out which is I guess a good thing.
“We’ll keep grinding. I don’t think anyone is going to take any sympathy on us. We’ll deal with it. The thing about this year’s team, as opposed to last year’s team, we have some people that are probably going to be some of the best at their position around. We’ve got some players. We might not have a lot of them, but they can get it done.”
The work Union got done in the summer helped going into the first practice.
“We’ve had a good turnout over the summer,” Robinson said. “We were able to rehash offensive schemes and defensive schemes.
“Now you can do it at a little bit of full speed when camp opens. Naturally we started out with the basics.”
Depth will be an issue for the Scotties throughout camp and the season.
“The position battles are lukewarm when you have 24 guys,” Robinson said. “You have to be a special person to push yourself when you don’t need to be pushed.
“We have a few guys that will do that anyway. Competition would make us better, but unfortunately we don’t have it.”
Union, which couldn’t go off to camp last year because of declining numbers, will go to Slippery Rock University for the rest of the week tomorrow.
“Our booster club is great. They said if we want to go to camp, we can go to camp,” Robinson said. “Even though it’s limited numbers, we didn’t go last year because of that reason. We have some guys that want to go and we owe it to them.”