Neither boys nor girls basketball fared well on the court last season. Both squads have new head coaches this year.

Shorts looks to lead boys

Last season, the Milford boys went 6-14 after winning a state tournament berth the season before. To get back in the mix in the Henlopen South Division, the Bucs hope a fresh approach, paired with an experienced group of returnees, will help them turn things around.

Five seniors are back: Trevaughn Aiken, Terrell Gibbs, Lensky Legros, Jaxson Turner and All-Conference player Daniel Shockley, plus returning junior Jarvis Jarvis.

The Bucs look to avoid a repeat of last year’s start when they opened the season with two consecutive wins and then dropped six of their next eight games.

Milford begins play with divisional matchups against Seaford, Sussex Academy, Delmar and Woodbridge, giving them an opportunity to gain an early lead in the South.

Under new head coach Lamaar Shorts, the Bucs hope to develop a new identity and begin the growth of a new culture.

“We believe we have a hard working group that’s passionate and driven to have a successful season,” Shorts said. “We’ll be a team that plays together, that is selfless, smart and is a great representation of ourselves families, school and community.”

Competing in the Henlopen South is an obvious goal, but tangible team growth may take time.

“Goals for the season are to work hard, take it one day at a time and to utilize every opportunity to grow as a person and as a basketball player,” Shorts said.

Lady Bucs tap Sudler

The Lady Bucs went winless a season ago.

Eric Sudler takes over the program in the head coach’s seat. Understanding that a turnaround may not come easily, his goals for the Lady Bucs will progress through the season.

“Creating an atmosphere of trust, family and fun is my main goal,” he said. “I believe in individualized plans and team plans, so the team and I will collaboratively generate goals once we start our season.”

Seven players return, including Nadia Delva, Khya Reynolds, Cierra Dennis, Iris Roman, Rachel Sharp, Abigail Ikechi-Konkwo and Vanasha Daniels.

They’ll play five of their first six games against the division before this year’s Pat Borowski Tournament at Lake Forest at the end of December.