BROOMFIELD — If asked about last season, to a man the Legacy boys basketball players would answer that the team should have finished with a far better record than it did.

After racing out to a 8-2 start, the Lightning lost 11 of their final 13 games to finish the season 10-11. During their brutal season-ending stretch, the Lightning lost five games by single digits and two home games by two or fewer. Admittedly, the difference-maker in many of their losses was mental fortitude, something that remains top-of-mind for the squad heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

Spearheading the charge in that regard is senior point guard Caden Sehr, who averaged a team-high 15.7 pointer per game while also topping the Lightning stat sheets in assists and steals last season. For Sehr, however, he's not planning for the season in terms of boosting his scoring average or any other statistics.

Sehr is determined to maintain a next-level focus that he thinks will aid him in doing whatever is required of him to help his team win.

"My role is a little different this year since we have a lot more weapons on offense," Sehr said. "I don't really know how the games are going to play out yet, whether I'll have to score or distribute or just play defense, but I'm just looking to do whatever is best for the team as best I can. We should have finished better than we did last year so we're really emphasizing mental focus this season."


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Though the Lightning's 6-foot point guard is guaranteed to have the ball in his hands a lot, Sehr won't have to do anything alone. He knows he has weapons at his disposal this season and intends to use them.

At 6-8 and 6-6, respectively, junior Jack Olson and senior Zach Wagner expect to bring toughness and an inside-and-out scoring dynamic to the Lightning offense. Senior Austin Mullins will return as a presence in the post and junior Tyler Boeckenstedt gives the club a reliable perimeter defender. Add to that lineup a solid bench that has already surprised Sehr throughout the preseason, and the Lightning have reasons to be excited about what they'll bring to the court this winter.

"This year we have a lot of talent, a lot of height, and we could be really good," Sehr said. "Jack and Zach are definitely getting on the inside and taking advantage of the smaller defenders. That opens up driving lanes when people have to help on them and that leaves me and other guys more open and just spaces out the floor for us."

Hovering around the .500 mark for several years, the Lightning will also play this season under their third head coach in as many years. Last season's first-year head coach Tracy Neely accepted a position as education coordinator with the district and resigned from his role as coach to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

Connor Clay, who was an assistant at Legacy before his promotion, takes over with an endorsement from Neely, who called Clay, "an outstanding young man. He'll do a great job leading the program."

As for Clay, he is as excited as Sehr and the players are for the upcoming season, and said he has faith that the team learned a number of lessons from last winter that will make them better prepared when the 2017-18 campaign begins at Mountain Range on Nov. 29.

"The big thing is that we're going to rely heavily on our senior leadership," Clay said. "Our seniors should bring a dynamic that, in my opinion, Legacy hasn't had in a while."

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