Depth at the guard position is expected to prove key for the Goessel boys’ basketball team, which returns four of five contributors in that role.
“Our quickness and ability to handle the ball is a definite asset as we head into the season,” said returning coach Curtis Guhr. “That being said, we also have several posts looking to fill the void left from graduation.”
Providing leadership this season will be a core of four seniors led by Davis Cook, who averaged eight points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season.
Also returning are classmates Nic Buller (7.5 points), Trey Schmidt (5.2) and Shane Goerzen (5.0).
Top newcomers include Tyler Schultz, Brian Hiebert, Dan Smucker, Reece Hiebert, Ben Weins and Zach Schowalter.
“Right now we have 27 signed up to play basketball for this upcoming year,” Guhr said, “which should allow for a lot of competition in practice for roles at all levels.”
He said rebounding and defense will be two areas of focus as the Bluebirds begin practice.
“Our depth will be an advantage with many available combinations to put on the floor,” Guhr said. “Finding the right group to accept their roles and do their jobs will be vital to our success.”
The Bluebirds hope to improve on a 12-11 record last season, when Goessel lost in the sub-state semifinals to Pretty Prairie.
The Bluebirds have their work cut out for them, with Solomon, Little River, Centre and Peabody-Burns also challenging to be top teams in the Wheat State League.
The Bluebirds will host Inman at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 to begin the season. The Bluebird Classic will follow Dec. 3-4 and 7-8.