Coach Eugene Collins will return for his 10th season as head coach of the Trojans, and as usual has a busy summer schedule ahead for the Trojans. Starting next week, the JV Trojans will play at Raceland on Tuesday the 5th and Waverly on Thursday the 7th. On Saturday the 9th, the Portsmouth varsity will participate in the Shawnee Shootout, times TBD, which will take place at Shawnee State and Portsmouth HS. On Monday the 11th the varsity/JV Trojans are scheduled to go to Rio Grande which has been a yearly tradition on the summer schedule. Later on, PHS will be headed to Denison University to participate in the shootout there.
The numbers for open gym thus far have been excellent, so much so that Coach Collins is going to have a freshmen team, which he originally planned on not having. There have been some freshmen (sophomores to be) and 8th graders (freshmen to be) that have made good impressions on the coaching staff and some will take varsity and JV roster spots.
Portsmouth has some new coaches filling out Coach Collins’ staff:
Varsity assistants: Greg Himes (new–last year was head coach of West Union–led the Dragons to their first SHAC title in 30 years), Greg Smith, Len Collins (Eugene’s son–played on the 2011/2012 state tournament teams), Jim Arnzen (will do advanced scouting), Tom Bailey
JV Coach: Paul Wagner (new–coming from Portsmouth East)
Freshman Coach: Tyson Phillips
8th Grade Coach: Jeremy Greene
7th Grade Coach: Aaron Smith
Tom Bailey will also help out with junior high and 5th/6th grade teams
Update: With the summer basketball season winding down, there is good news with the basketball Trojans. Going into these few weeks of shootouts, there were a lot of questions about the team and who would emerge as probable contributors to the varsity in 2018-2019. Freshmen to be Amare Johnson at PG, Darionne Bryant at WG, sophomores to be Michael Duncan and Miles Shipp have all shown that they will be a major factor in the fortunes of the team. Junior to be Richie Bowman has shown he will be in the mix. Shipp will start at PF, and Johnson could be the starting PG. Bryant and Duncan have been in the main rotation (9 players) all summer. Returnees Matthew Fraulini, Danny Lattimore, and Myquel McKinley have shown that they are willing to lead these Trojans into next season. Record wise, the Trojans have been right around .500, playing teams such as Dublin Coffman, Marion Harding, Cincinnati Hughes, Sugarcreek Garaway, Raceland, Ashland Fairview, Tolsia, WV, Lincoln Co., WV, Eastern Brown, Pikeville (KY), Elliott Co.(KY), and Prestonsburg (KY). They have done well even with a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing major minutes. Perhaps one of the main concerns for PHS will be rebounding, and this is where Miles Shipp will be a huge help along with Myquel McKinley. 6-6 senior Andrew Meadows has shown improvement, and will be capable of giving opponents trouble in the paint with his shot altering ability.
Overall, there is better feeling about the 2018-2019 Trojans now than when summer basketball started.