After winning a total of just five games in five seasons between 2009 and 2014, the Falcons have made significant competitive steps forward during the past two campaigns. Saint Stephen’s has collected 12 wins and a number of narrow losses that speak to the progress being made on the court.
Mike Verrill, who also coaches SSES softball, takes over the program and will have two solid contributors to build his 2016-17 team around. Juniors Claudia Sbaschnik and Lenae Jones are in their third season playing together and should provide scoring, rebounding, and leadership.
The Falcons will compete in a new district with a much more local flavor. Instead of a schedule stacked primarily with Pinellas County foes, SSES faces Bradenton Christian, Sarasota Christian, Out-of-Door Academy, and Imagine School at North Port as new district rivals.
Basketball is FHSAA sanctioned and is a winter season sport.