a season with the mavericks

The McCutcheon High School Mavericks allowed me to follow their 2000/2001 season in a way that had not been done before. I attended nearly every practice and all of the games. This look into the season was published in four parts over the course of the season This is a short summation of how it went and how it ended sooner than they would have liked.

Life with Mavs
Kevin Downham runs wind sprints at the end of a practice as coach Rick Peckinpaugh keeps an eye on other players.
Scott Anderson (left), Brandon Lancaster (center) and Kevin Downham share a laugh before getting their ankles taped at Twin Lakes High School.
Players had their own strategy for occupying their time on the bus to games.
Life with the Mavs
Rick Peckinpaugh goes over a defensive play with Dave Crandall and Clayton Richard (back) during a practice. Peckinpaugh does not do a lot of teaching during practice. He expects the players to know what to do by the time they make it to the varsity team.
Avery Sheets goes up for two points during the game at West Lafayette High School.
Mav Fans
A last second shot by Avery Sheets brings fans, players and cheerleaders to their feet at Noblesville. McCutcheon won the game 66-63.
Mavs Behind the Scenes
Kevin Downham (center) and Avery Sheets “bounce” before the game in Lafayette Jefferson visitors locker room. “It gets us pumped up before a game,” Downham said.
Mavs Behind the Scenes
Bart Hunsicker listens to athletic trainer Alicia Clevenger after turning his ankle during the home game against Rensselaer early in the season. The cryo-cuff on his foot is filled with cold water and is used to help control swelling.
Coach Rick Peckinpaugh looks at the clock at the end of a time-out during a close game.
Avery Sheets reacts to losing the final game of the season.