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Terriers hungry for more

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CARBONDALE -- 2018 was a breakout year for the Carbondale Terriers.  With only five wins in 27 games, it's safe to call the first three years of Bryan Lee's tenure at Carbondale "tough."

The Terriers put it together last year, finishing 8-3 and picking up the school's first playoff win since 1992.

Last year's seniors were Lee's first to be in Lee's program all four years.

"We've talked for four years prior to last year about hey, if you stay and work hard, good things are gonna happen," said Lee.  "We're gonna go to the playoffs.  We're gonna win playoff games.  That all came to fruition last year.  It really makes that a lot easier that when you go out and make that speech, and you tell kids you come out with us, good things are going to happen.  Now we have the evidence to back that up."

"That builds a lot of hype, and you've got to live up to it," said junior Darius Ragland.   "That's what we're here to do. That's why we're working hard every day."

"It inspired us that we could actually do it," said junior Malik Lester.  "It motivates us, builds us up to think we can achieve anything."

With that crew gone, it's up to the next group to step up.  Winning is addictive, and the drive to do even better than last year's team is certainly there.

"Awe man it's amazing," said senior Aron Taylor.  "You put it in all this hard work.  Sometimes you don't get that payoff.  And there's people that just give up there when they don't get the payoff.  But if you keep working hard, eventually you get there, and it's so satisfying.  It just makes you want to work harder every day. "

"The first couple of years I was here, we didn't have that great of a record, but we kept getting better and better, and we kept getting closer as a team," said senior AJ Turman.  "The coaches helped us come closer together, and I think that chemistry kinda helped us evolve as a team because we had a lot of talent the past couple of years, but we just couldn't bring it together.  But when we brought it together, we made a great run."

The Terriers will open their season with the annual Jackson County bragging rights game.  This year it will be at Murphysboro.

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