By Matthew De George
Three weeks into the season, Marple Newtown’s basketball team was still searching for answers to a bevy of questions spawned by an offseason rebuild.
Then it was hit with another conundrum: How would that laborious process proceed without the coach who led them to the District One Tournament last season?
Illness kept coach Brian Shane away from the Dec. 18 game against Radnor. By Christmas Eve, the Tigers were informed that Shane would take an indefinite leave of absence due to health-related issues.
Eric Houck, the JV coach and an assistant athletic director, would be installed as the head man on an interim basis. And the situation hasn’t been ideal, Houck and his players are coping as best as possible.