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Schiffer continues to work on his game

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Dakota Schiffer doesn't like to work on his outside shooting outdoors. Instead, he'll work to hone that part of his game indoors.

Schiffer will get his chance to work on that aspect of his game, as well his overall forte he'll bring to the Catasauqua boys' basketball program this winter.

During the summer, Schiffer - who has increased his playing time the past two seasons since his transfer from Dieruff - worked on his ball handling and driving to the basket.

He and fellow senior Dave Wetherhold will form a solid backcourt for the Roughies this winter, as the pair of guards along with forward/center Kevin Bond are the mainstay holdovers from a team that went to the PIAA District 11 Class 2A final and produced 17 wins after a slow start.

"Dakota has really come into his own with us," said veteran head coach Eric Snyder. "He has a good outside shot and can drive to the basket. He was a very effective sixth man for us, but now he will get more time.

"We're confident he will adapt well."

Schiffer has managed to make the transition.

"With coach Snyder, it has been a more controlled half-court game on both ends of the floor," said Schiffer. "At Dieruff, it was more open-court on offense and more high pressure on defense. But I am now used to everything.

"Being here was also getting used to different players and their habits and mannerisms. Nobody really knew me either for a while, but they seem to do now."

During the summer, Schiffer saw a relatively new unit begin to come together, as the Roughies will take to the court with a number of players who didn't see significant time with a senior-laced unit last winter.

"We should have some good chemistry," said Schiffer. "We'll keep getting better during the season. We don't have as much height as we did last year, so we'll have to take advantage of our speed.

We did that during the summer, so that will help."

Schiffer and the other returnees will be seeking to erase some of the bad memories from their three losses to Notre Dame last season, two of them in the Colonial League and district final.

In the past two seasons, the defending champs and perennial favorites have been a thorn in the Roughies' side.

"We didn't see them (Notre Dame) during the summer, but we'll get after them during the season," said Schiffer. "Playing them has left a bad taste in our mouths. It will be one goal for us.

"We're anxious to get started."