Eagle boys will tap underclassmen

These seniors and returning letter-winners will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva boys’ basketball team this season: (from left) Dawson Minson, Dylan Wood, Nick Pearson, Jonah Sargent, Landon Everett, Kinser Colgin.
These seniors and returning letter-winners will form a solid core for the Canton-Galva boys’ basketball team this season: (from left) Dawson Minson, Dylan Wood, Nick Pearson, Jonah Sargent, Landon Everett, Kinser Colgin.
Sixteen of the 19 athletes on the Canton-Galva boys’ basketball roster are underclassmen, as a young Eagles seek to improve upon last year’s 4-17 campaign under the direction of sixth-year coach Shane Duncan.

The Eagles will play without their top two rebounders and scorers from last season: Hunter Pearson and Reed Wiens.

Three starters return to lead the team: seniors Dylan Wood (5-foot-10) and Jonah Sar­gent (5-9) and sophomore Nick Pearson (5-11).

Additional players who will be counted on for contributions are senior Dawson Minson (5-11), and sophomores Landon Everett (5-9) and Kinser Colgin (6-0).

“We should be much improved on our perimeter shooting this season,” Dun­can said. “(We are) quicker and more athletic, defensively, than what we have been in years.”

Size is a concern of Duncan’s this season.

“We won’t have a player over 6 feet tall in our top six,” he said. “We will have to play bigger than our size if we want to compete in the Wheat State League.”

The Eagles’ success hinges on how quickly the younger players adjust to the varsity level.

“Our success will be dependent on how quickly we get the underclassmen acclimated to the speed of varsity competition,” Duncan said. “We had a nice turnout for summer workouts and summer league, so I’m excited to see how that transitions in to the season.”

The Eagles will host Rural Vista Friday to start the season.