The first-year coach spent the summer and fall on football duty as head coach. Then without having a chance to take a breath, he jumped into basketball season.
“We didn’t really do much, and they shot on their own over the summer,” said Wehunt, who is The Anniston Star’s Class 1A-2A boys basketball coach of the year. “They’d only won three games the year before, but most everyone was pretty much back. It was pretty difficult not knowing what you had coming. Luckily, most of the kids played football, so I knew who they were. I just didn’t know their ability as a basketball player.”
The season didn’t get started well for Wehunt and the Indians, either, as they dropped five of their first six games.
“When the season started, things were kind of rocky,” Wehunt said. “Then something kind of happened.”
Ohatchee put together a five-game winning streak with four area wins behind the play of Dillon Parker, who averaged 19.6 points a game, and Jacob Hogue, who averaged 12.4 points a game, along with key contributions from Hayden Steinberg and others.
“We win together and lost together,” Wehunt said. “We’re more than just ‘that guy.’”
Ohatchee went on to finish second in Class 2A, Area 10. In the Area 10 tournament, the Indians fell in the first round, which ended their season.
“We came up short this year,” Wehunt said. “But next year we want to make the playoffs and would like to win the area.”
Despite the unhappy ending to the season, the vibe around Ohatchee improved after Wehunt reintroduced Ohatchee to winning basketball.
“There was excitement around the school,” Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle said. “I think with coach Wehunt having his system in place, plus some key returning starters and some of the younger kids coming up, I think that we’re going to be successful again next year.”
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