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New Huskies coach on familiar terms with his players 

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Branson Gans was one of 10 juniors on last season’s Fortuna boys team.

By Ray Hamill — Due to the ongoing concerns over the Corona Virus, new Fortuna boys basketball head coach Norm Sotomayor has yet to hold a team meeting.

He is, however, on familiar terms with the squad, having coached most of them at the JV level and some of them all the way back to middle school.

And he’s expecting big things out of this team.

“I’m really excited about it,” Sotomayor said. “I know the kids we have and I know we can be successful if they do what they need to do.”

The new head coach brings a wealth of experience to the table.

In addition to overseeing the JV team for the past two seasons, Sotomayor has also coached middle school for a number of years, as well as previous spells coaching both the Fortuna varsity and JV girls teams.

He inherits a varsity boys team that struggled somewhat to a 10-16 campaign this past season, including going just 2-6 in the Big 5, but it’s also a team that featured 10 juniors, all of whom are expected back next winter a year older and more experienced.

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“They got their feet wet this year,” the new head coach said. “We didn’t win a lot, but we got a lot of experience.”

It’s also a deep roster that doesn’t rely on any one or two players, with a number of players capable of stepping up on any given night.

“They’re really aggressive and they’re pretty quick and athletic,” Sotomayor said. “There’s a little bit of everything on this team. They have all the components to be successful next year.”

The offseason program has been hampered somewhat with school out, although Sotomayor hopes things will get back on track for the summer.

The Huskies are planning on attending summer camps, with tentative trips to Chico and St. Mary’s College on the cards.

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