Despite roller-coaster summer, Brookfield hosts shootout

Henry Janssen
hjanssen@linncountyleader.com
In this file photo from Nov. 26, 2019, Brookfield head boys' basketball coach Carey Davison patrols the sideline in his inaugural game at the helm. The Bulldogs defeated Putnam County 62-48 that evening. Brookfield hosted a shootout on Monday for its first interscholastic competition of what has been a strange summer for the program. "We have a big task of replacing six seniors, and all the craziness has not helped us much this summer," Davison said.

After what has clearly been a tumultuous summer for all high school athletics, the Brookfield boys’ basketball team found a way to get some games.

The Bulldogs hosted a shootout on Monday. Originally, the team was also supposed to travel to Branson for another one this week. That shootout has since been canceled due to pandemic concerns.

Brookfield’s games have yet to take place at the time of this being written.

Despite getting a couple games, second-year head coach Carey Davison admits that his program has been thrown into as difficult of a situation as anyone having lost six seniors.

Four of them were starters, and one was a crucial sixth man.

“All the craziness has not helped us much this summer,” Davison said. “We have a lot of varsity minutes to replace at one time. We were hoping to use this summer to get a lot of guys caught up to speed and get them as close to varsity-ready as possible. The guys that have showed up have made great progress, and we have depth at the guard spots and pieces in the post.

“I tell the guys each day that we’re making the best lemonade we can with the lemons we have.”

The Bulldogs were set to begin MSHSAA-sanctioned summer workouts on June 1, but that date was pushed back to June 15.