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Musser Set to Lead Talented Group at Central

All-State selection Shun Williams is the Indians' lone returning starter. 

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo.) Central has a tough act to follow after 21 wins and a Class 5, District 15 Championship in 2011. 

If they'd like to top it, they'll have a new system and a new head man on the sidelines leading them there. 

"Do I think we're where I want us to be? At this point I say not, but we're making strides to get there and it's a work in progress," new head coach Cy Musser said.

The former Benton assistant is entering his first year as the head coach of the Central Boys, and the players have taken notice to the way he runs things.

They've been intense since the season started trying to get us ready for game time," senior and All-State selection Shun Williams said. 

"He enforces defense a lot," junior Derek Gray said. "Slide your feet, move, break down, and he likes us to take charges a lot. Charges are a key part of the game."

Musser takes the spot vacated by Neal Hook, who is now the school's athletic director. He'll have some talent to replace, having lost four starters to graduation. But still has plenty in his back pocket to lead the charge in 2012.

"My leadership really stepped up a lot this year," Williams said. "I'm one of the only seniors that's really played any varsity time, but I feel everyone else can handle it."

"We're having younger kids step up. I feel like they've done their job in practice," Gray said. "When they're sitting there watching, I feel like it's mentally clicking in and they've got it."

"Last year they went 21-6, most wins in the last 36 years here, so they've tasted success and they want to continue that tradition," Musser said.

The coach said he doesn't feel like he has to make too many changes for a group with a successful background. The motivation from a district title and what they learned from his predeccesor certainly helps.

"The kids are further along than I anticipated because Neal did such a good job with them. We've been able to fine tune some things to what we want to do because they were so along with the basics that we were trying to instill."

The players, meanwhile, have all the confidence they've got the talent repeat or surpass last year's finish.

"I want to top that but it's really no pressure," Williams said. "I feel like as long as I play my game I'll be able to top it."

"During the summer in here we always talked about it," Gray said. "We feel like we could do the same thing we did last year. We've just got to keep hustling and practice hard every day and it'll come to us."
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