By Chris Parker
Camdenton enters the first season of the Chris Byington era coming off an eight-win season a year ago. Byington is a familiar name around Camdenton as he has been the head coach of the girls team for four seasons and an assistant for the boys for six years.
“I have been with the boys for a long time and I wanted to continue to impact them as best as I could. When the opportunity arrived, I was grateful for the school to allow me to coach both programs,” Byington said.
Camdenton returns first-team all-conference junior Josh Gerdman to the frontline at forward.
“I expect great things from Josh this year. I know that he will lead the team well and put in a great work ethic in every practice and game,” Byington said. “We are looking forward to seeing him grow this year not just as a player but a young man.”
The Lakers will be looking to climb above .500 for the first time since they went 14-13 in 2015.
“I expect us to be a team that works hard for each other, brings our best effort to every game and practice, and establish a positive culture throughout the season,” Byington said. “This team has learned a lot throughout the past years and I know they are yearning for an opportunity to put a stamp in the history books of the boys’ program at Camdenton.”
Camdenton will host a preseason jamboree with Bolivar, Branson and Lebanon before opening the regular season on Aug. 27 at home against Helias Catholic.