Royals a year older, wiser

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Twelve months ago, Eastern Hancock was embarking on a new season with the cleanest of slates.

The Royals were breaking in a new coach, along with a roster reliant on one junior, six sophomores and one freshman. The program hadn’t posted a winning record since the 2003-04 campaign (11-10) and gathered a combined 12 wins in the previous three seasons.

Turns out, all EH needed was a new beginning.

The Royals roared to an 8-2 start and finished with a record of 12-9, the most wins for the program since the 2002-03 team went 16-7.

It was a landmark season. And as far as EH is concerned, it’s now ancient history.

 “We said the first day of practice, ‘Last year is over with. Let’s make this year better,’” second-year coach Jeremy Powers said.

The Royals return 97.7 percent of their scoring from last season, including the team’s top eight point producers.

With a year of experience under its belt, Eastern Hancock expects to compete with any adversary on a nightly basis.

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