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2012 Basketball Preview: Clarkton Reindeer Boys

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo by Dustin Ward - Daily Dunklin Democrat
Pictured is the Clarkton high school boys basketball program.
Veteran coach Delane Beckwith has devised a formula for success for his team during the first year of his second stint as the head coach of the Clarkton varsity boys basketball program.

"I've been doing this for 20 years," Beckwith said. "I believe the most important thing is to get kids to work hard, act right, be disciplined and play team basketball. Good things will happen at the end of the year if you do that. Hard work produces good results."

Beckwith will take over for Steven White, who served as head coach last season. White will remain an assistant on the staff.

Clarkton has three seniors - Antron Jones, Sergio Arjona and Dennis Amos - on its 2012-13 varsity roster.

"This is my first year here," Beckwith said. "My assistant coaches Steven White and Dustin Ferguson were here last year and know the program well.

"We've got three seniors," Beckwith continued. "One has quality varsity playing time. But out of those three seniors we don't have a great deal of varsity experience so we will be playing young.

"We've got some good, young kids coming," Beckwith added. "We are just trying to make sure the kids work hard and have fun. With those two things good things happen."

Clarkton has received the No. 5 seed in the 8-team Bulldogs Classic. Clarkton will take on host, No. 4 seeded South Pemiscot, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at South Pemiscot High School.

"They are going to be very athletic and well-coached," Beckwith said of South Pemiscot. "It's going to be a tough task for us and we are looking forward to the challenge. The kids have been working hard and we are looking for good things."

Clarkton will compete in the Tri-County Conference with Risco, North Pemiscot, Cooter, Campbell, Gideon, Clarkton, Delta C-7 and Holcomb. Holcomb defeated Risco in the Tri-County Conference championship last season.

"The Tri-County Conference is always pretty competitive and the same teams play each other a number of times," Beckwith said. "Sometimes a bad team can eventually knock off a good team.

"From what I understand Risco is the team to knock off this season," Beckwith said. "They've won three district titles in a row and had the same coach so they know their system. Holcomb also has a great coach and knows their system well.

"I don't want to cut anyone short," Beckwith continued. "But I'd say Holcomb and Risco are the two front-runners in the Tri-County Conference."

Clarkton will compete in Class 1, District 1, at Gideon at the end of the season. Delta-C7, Gideon, Koshkonong, Naylor, North Pemiscot, Risco and Southland will compete in the district with Clarkton.

"The district has a few new teams in it," Beckwith said. "Koshkonong has moved down here from the hills. The district is at Gideon. I'd say Risco is probably the favorite right now because of who they are and their reputation."

Beckwith served as head coach at Clarkton during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. Clarkton won a district title during Beckwith's last season as head coach at Clarkton.

"They are the first school to give me a chance to be a principal-coach," Beckwith said. "That's what I'm doing again this year. I'm very loyal to this district even though I left before. They have been great to me. I love these kids and had them when they were in elementary so even though it's 10 years later I feel loyal to them and care deeply about this school district. I'm happy to be back and love it here.

"I hope we have a great deal of support and people come out and watch the kids play hard," Beckwith added.

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