Warehime adds some inspiration to their perspiration North Carroll responding to young coach's energy

January 12, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The scene on the North Carroll bench last week during a tense basketball struggle with Franklin was inspiring.

Panthers reserve guard Mike Hensley had just come off the floor after an all-out, four-minute stint that created a lot of havoc for the more talented Indians.

Hensley was psyched and happy, and North Carroll coach Troy Warehime made the moment even more special for the junior with an emotional exchange of handshakes.

It was obvious that Hensley and Warehime were having fun. In those fleeting seconds, Warehime was the kind of coach for whom every youngster would want to play. The entire team seemed to gain strength from the touching moment.

"I knew if I was positive with him [Hensley] I would get a response," said Warehime, whose 2A team knocked off the 3A Indians, 58-56, that night in the opening round of the North Carroll Holiday Tournament.

"I try to realize when to have fun with the players and when to be hard. There is a fine line. You have to know each kid."

Franklin had more quickness and better athletes than the smaller and slower North Carroll squad.

But Warehime got the most out of every player on his team that night to register a third straight win after an 0-4 start.

The game showed how far Warehime had brought the Panthers since the first game of the season against Hereford.

"I thought North Carroll would never be able to get the ball across half-court this season," said one of the officials who called the games against Hereford and Franklin. "Troy's done a tremendous job with this team."

Warehime, 27, is in his first season as varsity coach after five years as JV coach at the school.

He is taking over a program that has struggled recently (6-16 last year) and needed a boost.

"In three years, I would hope to be competitive with every team we play and have a .500 record," said the man whose youth

helps him relate to the modern high school athlete.

"I still remember how it was to be a player," said the coach who averaged 17 points as a junior and 18 as a senior for North Carroll before going on to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and averaging 12 points for the NAIA school.

"I relate what we do to current events and things these kids understand. They don't even remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, so I tell them that David Robinson does it this way. Since David played in the state [Naval Academy], that makes it easier for them to identify with him."

However, Warehime said he gets frustrated sometimes with his players.

"I'm not sure if sports are a No. 1 priority with kids today," said the coach. "When I was in high school, I ran around with a group of guys who played three sports and we played all summer long. That doesn't happen often now."

Warehime hopes to find a few dedicated basketball players at North Carroll Middle School where he teaches physical education.

"I'm in a good position to recruit players for my team," he said. "I see all the kids who come into middle school."

North Carroll athletic director Ed Powelson believes it is inevitable that Warehime will turn the basketball program around.

"He loves sports, likes to work with kids, he knows the game, he went to North Carroll and wants to see the program improve," said Powelson. "Troy's working hard, the kids are working hard, they're practicing hard and giving everything they have. When that happens, a team will improve."

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