The Bluebirds went 11-12 a year ago, including a 2-5 finish in the Wheat State League. Goessel has sustained losses in size and scoring due to graduation and injury, according to sixth-year coach Curtis Guhr. Returning starters will be called upon to play pivotal roles this season.
Seniors Rhett Makovec and Josh Schmidt and junior Jordan Griffin return as starters.
At 6-feet, 3-inches, Makovec averaged 6 points and 2.8 rebounds a year ago. Schmidt (5-6) averaged 3.2 points and 3 assists per game. Griffin (6-2) averaged of 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Additional players to watch are seniors Trevor Beisel (5-10) and Miguel Guerrero (5-6) and freshman Dylan Lindeman (6-1).
“(We) will be looking to quickness and defense to be key for this season,” Guhr said. “Ball-handling and on-ball defense will be several keys to focus on in practice throughout the year.
“Finding the right group to accept their roles and do their jobs will be vital to our success.”
Guhr said he expects the Wheat State League to be competitive this year. He predicted Goessel to finish middle of the pack after top contenders Solomon, Elyria Christian and Rural Vista.
Goessel will host Inman Friday in its season-opener.