Blazer Stories

Coach Hoyt & Blazers Prepped for Another Year

“As we prepare for another year, I know there’s some excitement in the area.” Coach Brad Hoyt of John Wood is gearing up for another season. The decorated head coach and former Blazer has a talented, young roster this year. The culture and values of the John Wood Blazers has remained strong and continues to grow this season with 12 new players. Quincy High School standout Jeremiah Talton joins cousins Joshua and Joseph Talton from Monroe City to add even more family ties to a team filled with deep connections. “With any preseason you’re trying to identify the returners and the new guys, and blending them. We’ve only got 2 returning guys and 12 new guys.” Experience is not something the Blazers can rely on this season. Establishing core values has been a major focus this preseason. Playing smart and playing together are major points of emphasis. “We have to be very crafty, very good with the ball, and make good decisions” Sophomore guard Jenson Whiteman states his focus on building chemistry with his team and reinforcing the traditions and values of John Wood.

“The tradition at John Wood is to win. I wanted to be a part of that winning tradition and I knew coach was going to push me to the next level.” Aside from playing with his cousins, Jeremiah saw the value in the program and has confidence in Coach Hoyt’s abilities. Jeremiah Talton on his decision to stay in Quincy at John Wood. “I love Quincy.” Three words that speak volumes, from Blue Devil to Blazer the Quincy community has always been important to Jeremiah.

This season is another opportunity for all of us to watch the growth of John Wood and support these young athletes. Come out this Saturday, November 5 to see John Wood take on Culver-Stockton College JV at 3pm at the SAC building on the JWCC Quincy Campus.  It will be a great match up, sure to bring fans to their feet.