The Centre Cougars boys face a rebuilding year this year, as they return no starters and only five letter-winners from last season’s 13-8 squad.
Last season’s squad went 5-3 in the Wheat State League, good for a second-place tie, and were sub-state runners-up.
“We are going to be fairly small and inexperienced this year,” said coach Greg Wyatt, who begins his third year as the boys’ coach. “We will have to rely on playing good, solid defense as well as being fundamentally sound on offense.”
Returning for the Cougars are seniors Trevor Hageberg, a 6-foot, 3-inch forward, Kordell Harding, a 6-1 forward, and Shane Methvin, a 5-9 guard.
The other letter-winners are junior guards Justin Deines and James?Wyatt.
Coach Wyatt said key newcomers this year could include sophomores Kodey Johnson, a 5-10 guard, Grant Srajer, a 5-3 guard, Ty Simons, a 5-5 guard, and Kyle Methvin, a 6-0 forward.
Wyatt said he expects the top three teams in the WSL to be Hope, Solomon and Goessel.
“Most teams we play will be a great deal bigger than us, so we will have to block out well in order to limit the number of shots opponents get,” he said.
“The league is pretty balanced and how well we prepare and work together will determine our position in the league standings as well as how far we go into post season.”
Centre is scheduled to take on Southeast of Saline at home Dec. 2 to begin their season.