Peabody-Burns boys aim to show ‘much improvement’

These seniors and returning letter-winners will form a solid core for the Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team this season: front row (from left) Bryant Young, Chance Elliott, Tyler Entz; (back row) Austin Purk, Austin Reynolds, Jayton Scott, Derik Newman, Marcus Sanders. Not pictured: Dylon Erlich.<p>
These seniors and returning letter-winners will form a solid core for the Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team this season: front row (from left) Bryant Young, Chance Elliott, Tyler Entz; (back row) Austin Purk, Austin Reynolds, Jayton Scott, Derik Newman, Marcus Sanders. Not pictured: Dylon Erlich.<p>
The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team ended the 2015-16 season still seeking its first win. Third-year coach Caleb Good is hopeful the returning experience on his team this season will lead to improvement on the court.

Eight players are back with starting experience. That list begins with honorable-mention all-league senior forward Austin Reynolds. Four additional seniors have starting experience: forwards Jayton Scott and Austin Purk, and guards Derik Newman and Marcus Sanders.

Junior guards Bryant Young and Chance Elliott also bring starting experience, as does sophomore guard Tyler Entz.

Four freshmen to watch include guards Rocco Weerts, Jess Philpott and Andrew Haulk and forward Caleb Van Curen.

“We have a lot of returning experience on our team this year as we had many different players in the starting lineup last year,” Good said.

“We will need to be very well-prepared and compete each day at a high level,” he added. “We feel optimistic that we can show much improvement as we prepare for the 2016-17 season.”

Peabody-Burns will host Herington in its season-opener Friday.