Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Woodland Hills Puts Last Season in the Past

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Woodland Hills Puts Last Season in the Past

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He said it with a straight face, and Nate Carter was totally serious.

Six simple words -- the same words spoken by countless high school basketball players and coaches across the WPIAL and around the country.

Yet somehow, when the Woodland Hills junior point guard talked about the upcoming season the way he did, it might have been difficult for many to take him at his word:

"We have high expectations for this season."

Carter's Wolverines went 1-23 last season and lost their entire starting five. Woodland Hills plays in one of the toughest sections (4-AAAA) in the WPIAL.

But a fresh mind-set is flourishing among the team. Driven by the desire to overcome the negativity surrounding them -- Woodland Hills is riding a 22-game losing streak -- the Wolverines truly have faith they can return to respectability and make a run at qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs.

"You have to have a brand new attitude," Wolverines coach Larry Anderson said. "If you don't have a brand new attitude, you'll have the same problems as last year.

"These kids have that new attitude. They can see that they can win. Last year is last year. It's our turn this year."

Carter concedes that most observers at Woodland Hills are brushing off the sudden confidence the players have in their team. But he looks around at his teammates during practice and truly believes the Wolverines are on the cusp of turning the corner.

Carter and his teammates made a pact in the offseason to dedicate themselves to work as much as they can to reverse the trend of Woodland Hills basketball. He said as long as the team does that, all it will ask for from the fans is a chance.

"Let our actions speak on the court," he said.

"As soon as the season ended and summer started, we got everybody together and we said we don't want this year to be the same as last year," senior forward Terry Smith said. "We're going to turn everything around."

Carter will be one of the focal points of that turnaround. …

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