Boys basketball revs up for the season

With the colder weather we have been experiencing it signifies more than just winter arriving. 

 

Posted Nov. 28, 2012

With the colder weather we have been experiencing it signifies more than just winter arriving. Basketball season has begun as well. The boys started practice on Monday, Nov. 19 and have a week of practices under their belt.

This year’s team is looking forward to the challenges of a new season. The team graduated five seniors off of last year’s squad and only has two returning starters.

They are Stephen Kristy who started at center until the bus wreck ended his season with a leg injury. Stephen did heal up for track season and was the state champion in the high jump. His experience and leadership will be needed to make this a successful season.

The other returning starter is Kye Erickson. Kye is a junior and will be depended on to handle one of the two guard positions.

Although there aren’t a lot of returning starters, the bus wreck created a situation where there are a number of players with varsity experience.

Those include seniors, Tanner Stippich who is a good shooter and ball handler, and Chandler Miller who will be looked upon to provide a presence in the lane. They are joined by juniors Ben Pearson and Logan Robinson, and sophomores Jarett Hestekin and Damon Mellmer.

This year there are a few freshman who will see the floor as varsity participants. They include Tanner Sanford who saw brief action last year in the regular season, Hayden Sadowsky, Christian Kilwein and Brandon Pierce.

On top of those guys there are a few spots left to battle for on the varsity. It will come down to Ryan Anderson, Jacob Joppa, Brian Holzkaam, Josh Steele, Jordan Finck, Sam Kludt and Thomas Myzrshak.

Other players out for the team this year are Aric Spratta, Matthew Lewton, Paden McFarland, Devin Faller, and Devin Kromarek.

Jeremy Dietchman (Scranton) and Jarred Wagner (Hettinger) are the assistant coaches again this year.

This team has some talent but is very green when it comes to experience.

The upperclassmen will have to be patient with the newcomers and help bring them along until they can get some experience and contribute on a consistent basis. By tournament time the team hopes to be clicking and ready to compete for a district title. Both Bowman and Heart River will have strong teams this year with New England and Mott-Regent in the mix as well. As most years have been, this one will see some good battles at the district tournament to see who earns the four regional tournament spots.

The boys are looking forward to the season and want to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.