Published in the Evansville Courier and Press, Sept 29, 2016
He gives pep talks before games. They rally around Falls-Wells because he has the instincts to make plays.
“I’m a very smart player, I watch film, I study it and I have a really big desire to go as far as I can in this sport,” he said. “I love it.”
The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4 SIAC) are young and mostly inexperienced, but there’s been a slow culture shift. Falls-Wells transferred to Bosse last year after attending Harrison as a freshman.
Falls-Wells noticed some of the Bulldogs weren’t taking practices seriously. He took charge with some of the upperclassmen to change mentalities.
“At the beginning of the year, not as many people were buying in,” Falls-Wells said. “Now, since we’re getting better and better, everybody is buying in a lot more.”
Schnur has kept the team optimistic in his second year. Each week he’s introduced a new motto — this week’s is passion. Schnur didn’t envision being winless through six weeks, but the Bulldogs haven’t given up yet.
“It would be easy at this point being 0-5 last week to think who cares if we can play with North, if we don’t win then we’re not going to win a game,” Schnur said. “I have not seen that at all. If they stay the course, this is going to get better.”
Bosse implemented new offensive and defensive schemes this season. Schnur and this coaching staff take some blame for the team not being up to speed at the start of the season.
The Bulldogs had chances to take first-half leads against Memorial and Central, but didn’t make enough “winning plays.” Being competitive shows they’re still making progress.
“We don’t really worry about other people who are always ‘Bosse this, Bosse that,’” senior Isaiah Smith said. “We’re really just focused on ourselves to get everything done to come out and shock everybody.”
Bosse isn’t looking forward to next year. Schnur believes the Bulldogs can win this year, though their final three games are against Mater Dei, Reitz and Harrison.
They’re invested in turning the team around.
“We’re going to have a big chip on our shoulder,” Falls-Wells said. “I don’t think everybody likes losing like this because I know for a fact I don’t.”