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Young SHS boys basketball team doing some growing up with busy summer

Considering the circumstances surrounding John Hartnett's young career as head coach of the Shelbyville Golden Bears, the summer just completed may be the most normal thing that's happened to him.


Varsity assistant Hartnett took over the program the day of a road trip to Columbus East the season before with the departure of then-head coach Ryan Mack.  And, last season, the Covid pandemic continued a less than normal stretch as the boys basketball coach.


But the summer, with a home league and team camp, has allowed for time to settle in with a team that will feature a great deal of youth this season.  Eight seniors were lost to graduation.

It will be a bigger Shelbyville team on the front line.  But it'll take time for youth to adjust to varsity basketball.

Shelbyville was 8-14 last season with a defense that surrendered 54.1 ppg.  The Golden Bears managed to hold 11 opponents at or below that average.  Getting this team to buy in defensively will be key.

The season is still months away.  Hartnett says he's happy with the summer that has been.  Maybe, considering what has been, he's relieved.