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Boys Basketball Season Preview Capsules

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB

Coach: Dave Rohman (ninth season)

2012-13 results: 8-23 overall. Lost to Rockford Jefferson, 57-49, in Class 4A regional semifinals

Key returners: Rudy Lopez, jr., PG; Pat Aves, sr., G; Micah Fagerstrom, sr., F

Impact newcomers: Mike Pollack, so, F/G; Luke Davis, so., C

Rohlman’s take: Rohlman said the Barbs boast a full roster and have the potential to go very deep on the bench. Increased height and more ball handlers will help this season.

GENOA-KINGSTON

Coach: Corey Jenkins (12th season)

2012-13 results: 17-11 (3rd place in BNC East). Lost to Burlington Central, 51-30, in Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

Key returners: Tommy Lucca, so., PG; Eli Thurlby, sr., F; Connor Bankson, sr., F; Sal Lopez, sr., W; Blake Munro, sr.; Danny Hansen, sr.; Griffin McNeal, jr.; Colin Broderick, sr.

Impact newcomers: Tommy Hansen, so.; Ian Fell, so.

Jenkins’ take: “We look to compete for a BNC East title. We have a lot of experience returning that should put us near the top.”

HIAWATHA

Coach: Franz Schumacher (first season)

2012-13 results: 5-19 (0-9 in Little Ten Conference), Lost, 78-61, to Polo in Class 1A regional quarterfinals

Key returners: Alex Flores, jr., G; Allen Letterer, jr., F; Alex Sunderledge, F; Mike Mercado, sr., PG

Impact newcomers: Brandon Phelps, jr.; Nick Doolittle, jr.; Evan Williams

Schumacher’s take: “We are looking to change the culture of the boys program and it starts with hard work and dedication both of which have already been in effect. We will start with winning the ‘little battles’ and will always work hard and have a mindset of having a continuous improvement.”

HINCKLEY-BIG ROCK

Coach: Bill Sambrookes (189-122 career record)

2012-13 results: 24-5 (Little Ten Conference co-champs, Little Ten Tournament champions) Lost to Mooseheart, 55-38, in Class 1A regional final

Key returners: Jacob Ryan, sr., G; Andy VanLanduyt, sr., F; Tyler Runge, sr., F/C; TJ Gavin, sr., C

Impact newcomers: Eric Phillips, jr., G; Dutch Schneeman, jr., G/F; Jason Bohannon, jr., C

Sambrookes’ take: “We are a young team without a lot of varsity experience. I expect our seniors to step up and lead this young group. I expect our juniors to contribute a large role to this year’s success. In the absence of playing experience, we do have a group of kids that are working extremely hard and will continue to get better as the season goes along.”

INDIAN CREEK

Coach: Joe Piekarz (eighth season, 116-87)

2012-13 results: 16-13 (6-2 Little Ten, 2nd place in Little Ten tournament) Lost to Erie, 72-69 in 2OT in Class 1A regional semifinals

Key returners: Noah Holm, sr., G; Garrett Post, sr., F; Garrison Govig, sr., C; Nick Baldwin, sr., G; Kenny Harper, sr., G; Taylor Johnson, sr., G; Stephen Muetze, sr., G; Jeff Taylor, sr., G

Impact newcomers: Mike Armstrong, jr., F; David Boehne, jr., F; Kooper Gordon, jr., G; Drew Winterton, jr., G; Drew Headley, so, G; Cory Bradford, jr., F; Drew Diehl, jr., G

Piekarz’s take: “Our strengths are team size and depth. We hope to compete in the top part of the conference.”

KANELAND

Coach: Brian Johnson (fourth season, 57-42)

2012-13 results: 16-12 (8-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East, NI Big 12 East Champion). Lost to St. Francis, 43-32, in Class 3A regional semifinals.

Key returners: Drew David, sr., PG; John Pruett, sr., G/F; Tyler Carlson, sr., F; Connor Fedderly, jr., G; Cole Carlson, sr., F; Tom Van Bogaert, sr., F

Impact newcomers: Dylan Vaca, so, G

Johnson’s take: “It will be important for us to take care of the basketball and show up on the glass each game. We hope to be competitive in what will be a competitive conference.”

SYCAMORE

Coach: Andrew Stacy (third season, 28-31)

2012-13 results: 19-11 (6-4 NI Big 12 East). Class 3A regional champions. Lost to St. Francis, 48-38, in Class 3A sectional semifinals

Key returners: Jake Winters, sr., G; Devin Mottet, sr., F; Ben Niemann, sr., F/C; Nick Feuerbach, sr., F; Mark Skelley, sr., G; Riley Hurley, sr., G/F; Cooper Vinz, sr., G/F; Logan Wright, sr., C; Michael Poorten, sr., G

Impact newcomers: Maxx Miller, jr., F; Brett Bemis, so., G; Brian Huber, so., C

Stacy’s take: “We have a lot of experience returning from a team that really had some success at the end of the season last year. We had a great offseason with guys who have put a lot of time in the gym and we look to hopefully build on last year’s success.”

– Ross Jacobson, rjacobson@shawmedia.com

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