Pictured is the Campbell high school boys basketball team.
How many practices have your boys had?
"This will put us at eight or nine," he said. "We'll get right at 15 before the season."
What are you thinking about them so far?
"We're not looking too bad," explained Kerperien. "We had a few days we had to make sure we were on the right page and moving in the right direction. The group of kids that we've got now seem to have one common goal to improve and to play the best that we can play."
Have you changed anything since last year?
Kerperien nodded. "Yeah we've done a little bit. We're trying to focus more on the defensive side of the basketball and rebounding. Our varsity's a little undersized, so we know, if we can't rebound, if we don't really work at it, we're not going to rebound with bigger teams... and a lot of shooting. We've been shooting as much as we can, coming in as often as we can. Your offense is only as good if your shot goes in, so we've got to be able to hit the shots."
What do you think your strengths are this year?
"On the varsity, we're long and lanky and athletic," Kerperien explained. "We've got several kids 6'1", 6'2", 6'3" and can handle it, and shoot it. We're not real big in size as far as post players, but we can kind of spread people apart and hopefully use our length to get out in the passing lane.
"The jayvee is deep and we've got some big men. We've got 6'3", 6'4" freshman, 6'2", 6'3" freshmen, so we've got some guards, we've got some size. We're about nine to ten deep on the jayvee."
How many seniors do you have?
"We have three. I have three seniors," answered Kerperien. "Two returning starter seniors and one junior returning starter, so we've got three returning starters."
Is there anything else I haven't asked you about that you think the fans would want to know?
"I think we've got a group on the varsity that's got a small class of seniors but they really feed off each other well and lead that younger group well in the junior class," explained Kerperien. "So I think we're going to... when our shots are falling we're going to beat some teams that maybe we shouldn't beat and, if we can get more consistent in our shots, we'll be able to compete with a lot of teams. But I think our effort and attitude is going to be real solid throughout the season. And then, in the jayvee we've got a lot of depth and size and we can do a few things different and some of those kids may work their way up to some varsity time to add some depth to the varsity.
"Challenging for me as a coach is to decide who goes where and how we're going to approach it and who's going to play and spread the minutes around, but that's a good problem to have too."
Is there anything you would like to say to the fans?
"Just come out and support us," asked Kerperien. "We had several games last year when we had special events - senior night, homecoming and, when you get those bigger crowds and it's a loud gym and it gets the kids going. We played our best games at homecomings and those types of games when the gym was packed and the kids really feed off of it and they work so hard. We play so many games in the summer. We come in before school and shoot and putting the practice in and they work hard and, boy they really deserve it. They really do deserve to have people come out and watch them play. Just let them know that, hey the community's behind them. They talk about playing for the community and for the school so we hope everybody can come out and support us and, hopefully we can give them a good show.
The Campbell High School men will host the South Pemiscot Bulldogs in their season opener on Nov. 20.