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Area boys: team-by-team preview

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

Coach: Jay Sefton, 4th year (33-37 record)

Last year's record: 8-16

Returning starters/regulars

Joey Morlan, 6-4, So., center, 9 ppg, 4 rpg

Riley Reimschisel, 5-10, So., guard, 7 ppg, 3.5 apg

Preston Rippe, 5-11, So., guard, 2 ppg

Nathan Targarrt, 6-0, So., swingman, 1 ppg

Jordan Maley, 6-1, Jr.

Michael Wharton, 5-11, So.

Noah Starr, 6-2, Jr.

Key newcomers

Jared Vissser, 6-1, Sr.

Caleb Kroft, 5-11, So.

Adam Vanderdussen, 6-0, Jr.

Coach Sefton says:

What do you need to succeed?

Braves will commit to defensive intensity, offensive skill, strength and cohesion to overcome opponents.

What concerns you the most?

With one senior, leadership must be shared and displayed from all.

Team goals for this season?

Building on a great summer of games, team camps and commitment to skill, strength and team concepts, the Braves anticipate a great season.

Overall assessment of team?

Scrappy potential and “Fearlessness” summarize this year's Braves boys basketball team.

CANTERBURY

Coach: Scott Kreiger, 1st year

Last year's record: 19-7

Returning starters/regulars

Trent VanHorn, 6-4, Sr., swingman

Chase Moyle, 6-0, Sr., guard

Cole Walker, 5-9, Sr., guard

Grant Sinn, 6-1, Jr., guard

Joey Pedro, 6-2, Sr., swingman

Key newcomers

Andrew Kus, 6-6, So., center

Coach Kreiger says:

What do you need to succeed?

We will need to blend veteran experience with some younger talent. We will need to be a solid defensive team, a real challenge after graduating two top defenders in Davis Rao and Kai Foday. Those two also led us in rebounding, so that's another area of concern. Offensively, we need to find proven scoring after VanHorn. We are capable of being a good offensive team, but it may take a few games to find the style and rhythm that will fit our personnel.

What concerns you the most?

Defense, rebounding and scoring balance. Third coach in four years.

Team goals for this season?

A winning season and postseason success.

Overall assessment of team?

We may have some growing pains early in the season, but we have veteran leadership in Moyle and VanHorn, so I'm hoping the transition will be as smooth as possible. We're excited about the prospects of another successful season.

CHURUBUSCO

Coach: Mike McBride, 5th season (45-40 record)

Last year's record: 14-7

Returning starters/regulars

None.

Key newcomers?

Corey Sarrazin, 6-4, Jr., forward

Brent Simmons, 6-2, Jr., forward

Hayden Kilgore, 5-11, Jr., guard

T.J. Campbell, 5-5, Jr., guard

Beau Barkley, 5-8, So., guard

Blake Gross, 5-10, So., guard

Coach McBride says:

What do you need to succeed?

We are very young and we will need to continue to be good defensively as that has been our strength in past seasons. We will have to focus on taking good shots and really concentrate on taking care of the ball.

What concerns you the most?

We are not very big and we must work hard to play great team defense while rebounding with all five guys. We have to focus on getting better every day.

Team goals for this season?

Our young kids have a lot of upside, but we need to focus on daily improvement, along with competing every possession. We will be learning a lot this year, and part of that learning is understanding how hard we have to compete at the varsity level.

Overall assessment of team?

We have a great deal of enthusiasm, and with all the freshmen, sophomores and juniors being the only members of the team, it is important for us to develop our players throughout the year. We will be focused on getting better and competing. We are excited and looking forward to the season.

LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN

Coach: Marc Davidson, 2nd year (13-9)

Last year's record: 13-9

Returning starters/regulars

Blake Mann, 6-4, Sr., 16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Zac Crosby, 5-11, Sr., 12 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.4 spg

Brooks Gerke, 5-11, Sr., 11.4 ppg, 5.1 apg

Jake Neely, 6-6, Sr., 8.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Max Troyer, 6-1, Sr., 3.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg

David Albert, 6-2, Sr., 5.1 ppg, 3 rpg

Coach Davidson says:

What do you need to succeed?

Defend and rebound.

Team goals for this season?

Be peaking at the time of the state tournament.

Overall assessment of the team?

Lots of experience and depth, great offseason.