by Steve Peterson
A team of 15 young but energetic Westerners are working toward the boys basketball season opener, Nov. 27 at home against Remsen-St. Mary’s in a War Eagle Conference clash.
“The kids are working hard, are enthused, love to play and have a good attitude,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.
One senior back is Kyle Schroeder, a 6-foot 2-inch forward-center who saw some part-time starting last season.
Chance Hoffman, a 6-2 junior, is back and coming off a stellar football season but was hurt in the last game. His ankle injury is making progress.
“He can create his own shot,” said Harris.
Also on the team are juniors Alex Foley, a 6-0 center position player and last year’s Most Improved player; Nate Sanchez, a 6-0 guard; Tavian Banks, a guard-small forward, and sophomore Joel Brenner is a 6-2 post player.
“There is still a lot of evaluating going on,” said Harris of the roster.
“Unity will be strong and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn could challenge them. We would like to improve to the middle-of-the-pack in the conference. A .500 season would be a very good accomplishment given our inexperience,” said Harris.
A-W was 7-16 overall last season and 3-7 in the War Eagle Conference. A-W won the regular season finale and a playoff game against West Sioux, 46-30, before losing to Boyden Hull.
A-W boys varsity schedule for 2012-2013, contests follow the girls’ varsity game:
Nov. 30: Hinton, away
Dec. 4: Gehlen Catholic, away
Dec. 7: Unity Christian, home
Dec.11: Remsen Union, away
Dec. 18: West Sioux, away
Dec. 21: Gehlen Catholic, home
Jan. 5: South O’Brien, 3 p.m., home
Jan. 8: Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Marcus, away
Jan. 18: South O’Brien in Paullina, away
Jan. 22: Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D., home
Jan. 25: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, home.
Jan. 29: Trinity Christian in Hull, away
Feb. 1: Remsen-St. Mary’s, away
Feb. 5: Hinton, home
Feb. 8: West Sioux (junior varsity first boys only), home.