Drake looking to help Wildcats have more success

EVART — Noah Drake and the Evart Wildcats are looking to get back to the winning path after a 57-46 loss to Beal City on Jan. 14, which put the Wildcats’ losing streak at four games.

Evart started off the season at 3-0, but since then hasn’t been able to taste victory coming into action this week.

“We just need to bounce back,” Drake, a senior forward, said. “We came out of the Christmas break and kind of got out of focus, and we need to get back in focus and keep the eye on the prize.”

The Wildcats, after a 3-0 start, had a close loss to Reed City in the final game of December. It was four impressive performances and the Wildcats want to return to that success mode.

“We have to get back to where we were and pick up to where we left off,” Drake said, while acknowledging the Highland Conference presents many tough challenges this season. “We have to keep working hard in practice. Staying focused is the main thing I can say.”

It’s Drake’s second year on the varsity. He’s been trying to bounce back from a sprained left ankle sustained on the opening jump ball against Reed City. He acknowledged after the McBain NMC game on Jan. 9 he was about at 60 percent and still trying to get toward 100 percent by the end of this month.

“The team is taking it well and has stepped up without me,” Drake said. “It’s a slow process. It’s coming along. I didn’t do anything during the break.”

Drake said he’s been trying to do whatever Evart coach Kris Morgan has asked.

“I like shooting and driving,” he said. “I think my strength is quickness off the dribble. Obviously with a sprained ankle, it’s tough to do that quick shift.”

Evart is at Manton on Friday.

“We try to stick to the game plan,” Drake said. “We work hard in practice the day before a game and focus on what we need to do for that particular team. We’re not very big so we have to run on teams.”