Pirates will rely on talent and experience for run at title

WASHBURN – The Washburn High School Pirates are excited to be able to play this season. 

Because of COVID-19, the 2020-21 basketball season will be different for the Pirates and every other team in District 2A, says head coach John Sewell.

Sewell said one of the six district teams, Tennessee School for the Deaf, has opted not to play the season. That leaves five teams to compete for the district title.

“We are behind where we need to be because of not being able to attend camps this summer and open gyms for our kids. All schools will be in the same boat,” Sewell said.

“We will be a guard-oriented team, with limited post play. So, speed and defense will be key,” Sewell added.

Sewell said the Pirates will look to returning junior guard Rance Shipe to take up the scoring slack with the graduation of Skyler Hurst.

“Our kids are working hard to get better and they are good young men,” Sewell said.