The Madison High School Boys Basketball Team has had some great years under Coach Bill Hawkins, but will the Bobcats continue to see success now that Hawkins has retired?

Travis Schwab, a former assistant coach was named the team's new head coach earlier this year. Schwab worked with Hawkins for 12 years as an assistant and head coach of the JV team. He said he looks up to Hawkins as one of the greatest coaches around.

"Coach Hawkins is by far, in my opinion, the best coach in the state of Idaho, at any level, bar none," said Schwab. "He established a tradition that was extremely successful and I just hope to continue to do that."

Schwab jumped into the position and has already been working with many players in practices and some off-season games. 

"We started open gyms three weeks ago and got the kids in a couple nights a week to be able to start playing and get some rust off," said Schwab.

The Bobcats recently hosted a tournament in Rexburg where 16 teams participated. Each team played six games and Madison went 3-3. They also have tournaments happening this summer in Pocatello, Utah Valley, Boise, Rigby and Las Vegas.  The Mickey D's Summer Camp will be held at the high school from June 19-23 for anyone from second grade to seniors in high school. 

Schwab and the team have already come up with a theme and goal to work towards this coming year. A big reason behind the theme comes from losing eight seniors from last year's team.

"We have a theme for this coming year, it's 'Prove Them Wrong,'" said Schwab. "People don't think we're going to be very good."

The team will have three seniors and the rest will be juniors or underclassmen. Despite losing most of the team, Schwab feels he has plenty of talent to work with.

"We have great kids, awesome young men and they're good players," said Schwab. "It's not like we are trying to go out and find kids, we have kids who have been playing in our system for a long time and they have something to prove." 

More information about Madison Basketball and other sports can be found on the school's athletics website.

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