Dylan Cook was happy to be back
Dylan Cook didn't look at his team's overall record with the Northampton boys' basketball program this winter. Instead, the senior took a philosophical approach to the team's overall 3-19 mark.
"It was a good year for us," said Cook, a senior who was among the team's leading scorers this winter. "We really came together more than we did last season. We also had a number of young guys step up during the season and that will help for the future.
"We really couldn't judge our success strictly on wins and losses."
Coming off a torn meniscus that limited his football season, Cook was anxious to spend as much time as possible on the court.
"I really wanted to do well this season," he stated about his basketball campaign. "Obviously, we would have liked to have some more wins, but we made progress and played like a team throughout the season.
"I really tried to be the best player I could out there at all times. I can say that I left the court with no regrets."
Cook also thought the program might turn the corner after a two-game winning streak.
"We had those two wins and then play a good game against Phillipsburg and lost in overtime," he said. "We then came out and played a great first quarter against Emmaus, which it looked like we had everything together against a good team like that.
"We should have won that game, but our lack of experience hurt us. That could have been a huge win for us."
His coach was also proud of his accomplishments.
"Dylan (Cook) did a number of things for us this season," said head coach Coy Stampone. "He worked very hard and was an inspiration to the younger players. He was a leader for us throughout the season and he's the type of player you want to have for a while."
Despite having recent losing seasons on the field and on the court, Cook kept his perspective and his work ethic.
"In football, we didn't have the kind of commitment we needed to have," he said. "We needed to put more time in the weight room and the overall program. During basketball, we spent a lot of time in the offseason programs and made strides. But basketball tends to go in cycles, and the program has a number of good young players coming up."
Cook doesn't plan to leave basketball far behind. He plans to attend West Chester University next fall to pursue a degree in business as well as look to take the initial steps to become a basketball official.
"I still want to stay close to the game," said Cook. "It has been fun and I want to do whatever I can."