Hatfield anxious to contribute to Reed City basketball team

REED CITY — Collin Hatfield has been looking forward to his senior basketball season for a long time.

Hatfield was slated to play his first varsity season 2014-15 and perhaps be a key contributor coming up from the junior varsity squad the previous year. But a football injury canceled his entire hoops season.

He’s back in the basketball lineup for what will be his varsity debut.

The Coyotes won the districts last season, but Hatfield watched from the sidelines.

“That was tough,” he said. “Rehab was really hard.”

Around spring time, Hatfield started getting back in shape. He stayed busy in football and basketball during the summer.

When he’s on the court, his role will be “probably defense and run the floor,” Hatfield, a wing guard said. “I think I can shoot the ball pretty well.”

Hatfield indicated he would be shooting some 3-pointers.

‘I’ve come a long way from freshman year,” he said. “It’s been a lot of practice.”

The season started last week with a loss to Cadillac and win over Tri County.

“We have a lot of athletes,” Hatfield said, noting that all but one of the basketball players also was on the football team. “We’re still in shape. You know everybody. We still have that chemistry going.”

Hatfield had an all-conference season for the Coyote football team that ended its year with a 21-14 loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic. The Falcons would move on to win their third straight title.

“It was a really good game,” Hatfield, a running back, said. “They played a tough game, we played a tough game. Each team had multiple chances to score more than we did. That was a tough one to follow being my senior year.

“I felt I had a pretty good year running the ball. Defense did really good. A lot of kids stepped up.”

The basketball team is home Wednesday against Evart and Friday against Newaygo.