Tonawanda News —
Gilhousen drives Stone home from practice every day and tries to set a good example for the young athlete, who is already making an impact on the court just as he did in the fall on the gridiron.
Mountain said Gilhousen learned how to lead from the seniors that graduated last year.
"The guys really look to Ian as the man and as their leader," he said. "It's been a big step for him and it's not easy being the main senior on the team, in terms of experience. He's out there with a younger team, but last year he was the young kid coming off the bench. He was fortunate to play behind nine seniors last year to help him along in the growth process and we want to continue that process throughout our program."
Gilhousen has bought into the team philosophy: that preparation is the key to success, and he said he's noticed the team increase its focus level steadily throughout the season. The team's goal is to take advantage of every opportunity and try to win every game left on the schedule to secure a good spot in sectionals.
The senior is treating every game like his last and he's playing with a heightened sense of desperation, because he knows what it feels like to have to sit out and watch.
Mountain is confident Gilhousen can lead the Jacks where they want to go.
"I just think Ian is the perfect example of what the standards are in this program: unselfish, servant leader, extremely hard working, team attitude and everything just channels through him," he said. "He's not allowed to take a second off in practice because if your best player isn't your hardest worker you're not going to be (very good)."