After five years as an assistant coach at Neah-Kah-Nie, Tim Gienger will move into the captain’s chair when the Pirates open the boys basketball season Nov. 30 at the Astoria jamboree.
The Pirates will make three straight long voyages to start the season, first to Astoria for the jamboree, then to Portland to face Portland Christian (Dec. 2) and finally a trip to Waldport (Dec.6).
It won’t be until Dec. 9 the Pirates will host a game, facing 3A Warrenton at 7:30 p.m. before they open Northwest League play the following Tuesday.
For Gienger, it will be a chance to keep the Pirates improving. “We are just trying to continue the good work that we started when (former basketball coach) Steve Sherren started.
“We have got a couple of good players in Max Halverson and Johnny May, leading our seniors,” the new coach said. The team has eight seniors, giving Gienger a strong core of experience to work with this season. ‘”We have a couple of juniors and a sophomore playing varsity,” he added.
The Northwest League is a tough group to break through on, according to Gienger. However, the team’s goal will be to make it into the top cluster of schools.
“We are hoping to finish somewhere in the upper half,” he said, noting the fact that the league produced the state 2A champion last season.
“We are going to have to work pretty hard for it.