Here is a glance at Truman High School’s winter sports teams from information provided by the various programs’ head coaches:
Head coach: Rod Briggs
Assistant coaches: Travis Wescott, Austin Burch, Bryan Murdock, Marcus Summers
2018-19 record: 13-13 (5-7 Suburban Large Seven)
Returning letter-winners: Kaimen Lennox, 6-2, sr., PG; Sam Billimon, 6-2, sr., G; Cam Robins, 5-6, sr., PG; Macio Moananu, 6-4, sr., SF; Jeilel Phillips, 6-2, sr., P; Caleb Allen, 6-1, sr., SG; Carter Brown, 6-0, sr., G; Runney Hernandez, 6-5, jr., G; Max Black, 6-5, jr., F.
Others who may contribute: Najee Williams, 6-5, jr., P.
Thoughts on your team: “We feel like we turned the corner last year and are ready to make the next step. Our players worked pretty hard in the offseason and all the returners have made strides to become better players. It helps returning Kaimen Lennox (18.3 points per game) as a proven player who can impact the game offensively. We have other guys who can really shoot the ball from the perimeter, which will make it hard to just focus on stopping Kaimen.”
Head coach: Steve Cassity
Assistant coaches: Jimmy Page; Jeff Burgett; Stephanie Nagl
2018-19 record: 14-13 (6-4 Suburban Larg Seven), district champion
Returning letter-winners: Deon Monroe, 5-7, sr.; Abby Whiting, 5-6, sr.; Jewel Hart, 6-1, sr.
Others who may contribute: LaMourieaa Shaw, 5-7, jr.; Taliyah Scott, 5-7, fresh.; Urya’ Williams, 5-7, fresh.; Cecelia Mora, 6-0, fresh.; Trinity Harrison, 5-8, fresh.; Dajanae Shell, 5-7, fresh.
Thoughts on your team: “Deon Monroe brings the scoring presence and returning greatness that every team covets. Deon is a two-time all-state ‘do everything’ player. Entering her senior season, she has scored over 1,100 points and grabbed over 500 rebounds. Jewel Hart’s return (from injuries) provides a dominant post presence. Jewel can score around the rim, shoot the three, and protect the rim on defense. Look for Jewel to have a break-out senior year. Abby Whiting is a pure shooter. She makes shots and doesn’t make many mistakes. The 3-point shot is so critical to today’s offense. Abby will provide shooting and a basketball IQ to the team. LaMourieaa Shaw is an elite rebounder. She simply goes to the glass every time, and she has a nose for the ball. She will provide extra shot attempts and an energy to the team. The freshman class adds an athleticism and versatility we have not experienced at Truman for a while. This class is much more than athletic – they are skilled and smart. Look for several freshman to make significant contributions. We should be able to defend and score out of our defense. Although we are not a big team, our speed and quickness will allow us to get to the rim, rebound and run the floor. Our youth may lead to some inconsistent performances early, but we should be very good late in the year. We expect to compete for conference and district titles this season.”
Head coach: Levi Goes
Assistant coaches: Brad Jones (girls coach), David Randall, Dalton Hutchings, Mike Alexander
2018-19 record: 4-16 (0-5 Suburban Large Seven)
Returning letter-winners: Nathan Noda (145 pounds), Dylan McCutcheon (138), Sterling Trawick (220), David Brack (285), Jimmy Trinidad-Lozano (160), Ava Miller (152), Sierra Forbes-Rodriquez (136), Bianca Miller (167).
Thoughts on your team: “We have more wrestlers out this season compared with years past. The room is nearly an even split between newcomers and seasoned veterans. We are really excited about the guys and the girls in the room and what we can accomplish this year.”
Girls swimming & diving
Head coach: Trevor Tomney
Assistant coaches: Cary Hotson (swimming), Corissa Leutzinger (diving)
2019-20 finish: Sixth in Suburban Large Seven Championships
Returning letter winners: Rian Caswell, sr.; Haley Fite, sr.; Devon Simms, sr.; Gabby Baker, jr.; Kelly Perea, jr.; Rachel Malelega, soph.; Elizabeth Owens, soph.
Others who may contribute: Masako Ishikawa, Samantha Clevenger, Kaleigh Harger, Mia Hippensteel, Aubrey Kisner, Lil Moreta, Carolyn Schultz.
Thoughts on your team: “I am excited about the team's potential this year and in upcoming years. We have some very talented seniors who will do very well this year, and we also have a lot of younger swimmers and divers who have a lot of potential.”
– Karl Zinke