PBHS boys have experienced core

The Peabody-Burns boys will be led by these returning letter-winners and seniors:?front row (from left), Kaden Gibson, Vince Newman, Kevin Baatrup; back row, Braxton Kyle, Garret Schroeder, Xavier Jabary, Nicholas Preheim.The Peabody-Burns boys? basketball team returns six players with varsity experience from a team that finished 12-11 last season.

Peabody-Burns concluded Wheat State League play with a 5-3 record, good for fourth place. The Warriors were sub-state runners-up in the Moundridge Class 2A sub-state after a 57-33 loss to Moundridge.

With sixth-year coach Brian Simmonds at the helm, the Warriors will look to build on last year?s success.

?The team will return depth with two returning players that started several games and six players returning with varsity experience,? Simmonds said. ?The team looks to build on last year?s success and run in the sub-state tournament, making the championship game.?

Anchoring the team will be returning starters Garret Schroeder and Braxton Kyle.

Schroeder, a 5-foot, 11-inch senior returns at forward. He shot 39 percent from the field last season while accumulating 71 points and 48 rebounds.

Kyle, a 6-0 junior, returns at guard. Last season, he shot 48 percent from the field and recorded 148 points and 103 rebounds.

Additional returning players with varsity experience include senior Xavier Jabary (5-9) at center, and juniors Nicholas Preheim (5-6) at center, and Vince Newman (5-10) and Kaden Gibson (5-6) at guard.

Newcomers to watch include senior foreign exchange student Enrique Palazon at guard (5-10) and juniors Kevin Baatrup (5-10) at guard and Deondre Edmondson (6-5) at center.

?The returning varsity players gained valuable experience last year when injuries hit the team,? Simmonds said. ?This year?s team will benefit from the experience to help us compete early in the schedule as players find their roles on the team.

?The team hopes to continue to build on a winning season and post-season success from a year ago.?

Simmonds anticipates top league teams to include Rural Vista, Little River and Solomon.

The Warriors will open their season Friday at home against Chase County. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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