BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - After a year where the Trojans won their first gold ball since 1965, the MDI basketball team is embracing a young roster.
The Trojans graduated nine seniors last season. Over half of the team that had been playing together for three years.
"There weren't really any captains at all," said MDI junior Drew Shea. "We had nine captains. It was crazy."
Shea played on both teams last season but spent most of his time on junior varsity. He watched how the large senior class guided the Trojans to their state title.
"This year with a couple new guys we are still trying to figure out how to play with each other," said Shea. "We don't have that benefit of last year where everyone has already played."
MDI head coach Josh Norwood has been working with his team since this past summer, trying to figure out what roles need to be filled and how his team will play together.
"I feel like we have a really deep overall program," said Norwood. "I mean our JV team did not lose last year."
The MDI junior varsity team has not lost a game in the past two years, going 40-0. The Trojan's program depth will help the transition from a large graduation to underclassmen, filling leadership roles.
"Leadership's is gonna be a big thing this year," said senior Andrew Phelps. "Cause we have a lot of new guys that don't have a lot of experience that some of us had."
"We kind of want to make our own identity," said Shea.
The Trojans host MCI on Thursday night in a preseason matchup at seven o'clock. The high school basketball season officially tips off in Maine on December 8th