|St. Mark’s School forward Aaron McLean sets up for a shot in a 62-45 season-opening win against Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Southborough last week. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ WEWK|
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“You don’t make sophomores captains very often,” he added, “but that speaks to the character of the kids.”
Snyder takes the reins of a program that was built into a powerhouse by Lubick. The Lions won five New England championships during his tenure, and haven’t had a losing season since his first year, 1996.
With Falzon and McLean leading the way on the floor, and with a focus on improving, not necessarily winning, Snyder said, he believes St. Mark’s will maintain its standing as one of the region’s most respected programs.
“You wanna keep the name where it’s at, and I think the way you keep the name where it’s at is you play the right way,” Snyder said. “You play hard. Anybody who knows anything about basketball can look at our roster and realize we’re extremely young and it’s a rebuilding process where we graduated five seniors . . . There’s gonna be some ups and downs this year. The main thing is we need to stay together, stay focused and continue to get better. Our goal this year is to get better every single day, whether that be in a practice or a game, so at the end of the year, we’re the best team we can possibly be.”
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