CLIFTON PARK — Each summer, Section II high school basketball teams head to the area’s various summer leagues to start the search toward finding their next identity.
The past few years, that challenge was perhaps easiest for the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball program to tackle. A star player had been recognizable, a style of play obvious for head coach Tony Dzikas to use.
This year? Not so much.
All of the members from the program’s state championship-winning team in the 2014-15 season are finally gone — and the Plainsmen are coming off a turbulent season that Dzikas said needed to be reacted to from the team’s coaching staff as it moves forward.
“We always do what we do for the most part within the yearly structure of running our program, but I do look at this year like it’s a clean slate. There’s a lot of stuff we need to restructure,” said Dzikas, Shenendehowa’s coach since the 2005-06 season. “Sometimes, you need to step back, reflect on what’s going on, and then jump back in. That’s what my spring was.”
Jumping back in largely started last week at Shenendehowa, the site for one of the area’s summer leagues. Shenendehowa’s league runs on Wednesdays in July with teams from the Suburban Council, Foothills Council, Colonial Council and independent Green Tech.
In the past couple years, summer league has been a formality for the Plainsmen as they geared up for the winters highlighted with Section II championships in 2015 and 2016 — and a lot more in 2015. A sectional championship seemed well within reach last season, too, until the midseason departure of then-senior…
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