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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Boys Basketball Capsules

More extra stuff I did that we never used for the basketball tab. This one's for all you hoops junkies out there...ENJOY!

Northwest Ohio Athletic League
HEAD COACH: Doug Krauss (23rd year, 341-152).
2005-06 RECORD: 21-5 overall, 6-2 NWOAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Andy Brink, 6-4, sr., post; Tyson Fruth, 6-2, sr., forward; John Wyse, 6-0, sr., guard; Gene Goering, 6-2, jr., forward; Jusin Rupp, 6-0, jr., forward.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Dusty King, 5-11, sr., forward; Colton Martinez, 5-10, jr., guard; Trey Smith, 6-0, jr., guard.
NOTABLE: Goering led the Blue Streaks to the Division III state tournament last season after averaging a team-high 18.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

HEAD COACH: T.J. Hammer (2nd year, 6-17)
2005-06 RECORD: 6-17 overall, 0-8 NWOAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Britt Barry, 6-3, sr., forward; Josh Daft, 5-11, sr., point guard; Jeremy Hartman, 6-1, sr., guard; Bill Hill, 5-11, sr., guard; Caleb Lloyd, 6-1, sr., forward; Britt Moore, 5-10, soph., guard/ OTHER PROSPECTS: Lane Reese, 6-3, soph., guard.
NOTABLE: Barry was a second team all-NWOAL selection for the Locomotives last season while Daft made the all-league honorable mention list.

HEAD COACH: Cory Sprow 5th year, 40-48)
2005-06 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 5-3 NWOAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tyson Andrews, 6-1, sr., point guard; Dustin Chase, 6-3, sr., forward; Dustin Cass, 6-1, sr., guard; Jeff Weis, 5-9, sr., point guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Eric Vaughan, 6-3, jr., forward/guard; Aaron Betz, 5-11, jr., guard; Marcus Vicars, 6-2, soph., forward.
NOTABLE: The Panthers lost three solid starters that earned either all-conference or all-district honors last season.

HEAD COACH: Tim Zieroff (3rd year, 8-35).
2005-06 RECORD: 4-18 overall, 1-7 NWOAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brad Betz, 5-9, jr., guard; Josh Rhodes, 5-11, sr., guard; Mike Montion, 6-2, jr., post; Eric Camo, 602, sr., post; Mike Timke, 5-9, sr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Chad Lewis, 6-2, soph., post; Vince Wielinski, 5-8, soph., guard.
NOTABLE: Betz was a second team all-league selection after popping in 13.0 points and dishing out 5.0 assists per game.

HEAD COACH: Ken Burgei (24th year, 298-229).
2005-06 RECORD: 17-7 overall, 6-2 NWOAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Villalovos, 6-2, jr.; Elliott Mealer, 6-6, jr.; Casey Elson, 6-1, sr.; Kevin Elson, 6-0, jr.; Tyler Uphaus, 5-9, jr.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Matt Bost, 6-0, jr.; Storm Humbert, 6-2, jr.; Derek Schrock, 6-1, jr.; Scott Burgard, 6-3, jr.; Brad Gibson, 6-4, sr.; Richard Russell, 6-6, jr.
NOTABLE: Burgei expects his team and Evergreen, Archbold and Patrick Henry to all be in the hunt for the NWOAL title this season.

Suburban Lakes League
HEAD COACH: Jim Bostdorff (2nd year, 11-12).
2005-06 RECORD: 11-12 overall, 7-7 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cody Donald, sr., 5-9, point guard; Seth Childers, 6-3, jr., post; Chris Falls, 5-10, sr., guard; Caleb Clark, 6-2, sr., post; Justin Henck, 5-11, sr., forward.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Steve Weisenborn, 6-0, sr., guard; Tyler Nye, 5-9, sr., guard; Ben Forshey, 6-2, jr., post.
NOTABLE: The Knights are looking to climb the SLL ladder this season and were picked to finish third in the conference by the league’s coaches.

HEAD COACH: Jeff Overmyer (7th year, 55-73).
2005-06 RECORD: 15-6 overall, 10-4 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Bassitt, sr., 6-3, forward; Adam Schumacher, sr., 6-0, guard; Ryan Gargas, sr., 6-4, post; Alex Wolff, sr., 6-2, forward.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Justin Lau, 5-9, jr., guard; Toby Clark, 5-9, sr., guard; Austin Dickinson, 6-1, sr., post.
NOTABLE: Comets have put together back-to-back successful seasons as the school is looking for its first SLL basketball championship since 1996.

HEAD COACH: Ty Ray (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 8-14 overall, 5-9 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Austin Dean, 6-1, sr., point guard; Charles Wooten, 6-2, sr., post; Chris Noe, 6-3, jr., post; Corey Witker, 5-11, jr., wing; Drew Renken, 5-11, sr., post.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Robert Schumacher, 6-1, soph., wing; Murphy Eaglowski, 6-1, sr., wing; Aaron Haar, 6-3, jr., wing.
NOTABLE: Dean is the top returnee for the Wildcats this season after averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

HEAD COACH: Brent Liskai (4th year, 43-45).
2005-06 RECORD: 19-5 overall, 12-2 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Kirwen, 6-0, jr., wing; Matt Kraglow, 6-0, jr., point guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Cody Fisher, 5-10, jr., wing; Blake O’Neil, 6-3, sr., post; Tony Egbert, 6-4, soph., post.
NOTABLE: The Golden Bears may be in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season after sharing the SLL crown with Elmwood last season.

HEAD COACH: Jim Robinson Jr. (1st year)
2005-06 RECORD: 6-15 overall, 5-9 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trey Hunter, 6-0, sr., forward; Josh Fairbanks, 6-0, sr., forward; Chad Fairbanks, 6-2, jr., forward/center; Nick Schling, 5-11, jr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Eric Rutherford, 5-9, jr., guard; Jason Faykosh, 5-11, jr., guard; Mark Schult, 6-1, soph., forward; Mike Oberdick, 6-1, sr., guard; Nick Speck, 6-2, jr., forward; Nick Eckel, 6-3, jr., forward/center.
NOTABLE: Nick Schling will be the man running the show for the Eagles from his spot at point guard.

HEAD COACH: Joe Pennington (2nd year, 1-20).
2005-06 RECORD: 1-20 overall, 0-14 SLL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jordan Allison, 5-9, sr., wing; Nathan Hoffman, 6-1, jr., post; Nick Wasserman, 6-1, sr., wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Justin Apple, 6-0, jr., wing/post; Kyle Gosche, 6-4, jr., post; Victor Magallanes, 5-7, jr., point guard; Ryan Babcock, 6-1, jr., wing; Jacob Smith, 5-11, soph., wing.
NOTABLE: Allison and Wasserman are the lone seniors on Lakota’s varsity roster this season.

Northern Ohio League
HEAD COACH: Lyle Falknor (19th year, 350-203)
2005-06 RECORD: 9-13 overall, 6-8 NOL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brad Joseph, 5-11, sr., point guard; Dusty Lepley, 6-5, sr., forward; Jeff Deblase, 6-2, sr., cemter; Cory Austin, 6-3, sr., forward; Jordan Manlet, 6-3, sr., forward; D.J. Whinnery, 6-3, jr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Brad Watson, 6-4, sr., center; Jordan Yingling, 5-10, sr., guard.
NOTABLE: The Redmen will look to challenge NOL powers Upper Sandusky and Willard this season thanks to a solid returning lineup that features Whinnery, a second team all-league selection.

HEAD COACH: Steve Gray (6th year).
2005-06 RECORD: 10-13 overall, 5-9 NOL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Clay Duncan, 6-2, sr., forward; Jacob Willis, 6-2, sr., wing; Kyle Kurtz, 6-2, jr., point guard; Kyle Smith, 6-11, jr., post; Marcus Clark, 5-9, jr., guard; Spencer Krebs, 6-0, jr., guard; Luke Freriks, 6-4, jr., wing; Tyler Smith, 5-10, jr., wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Kyle Lodermeier, 5-11, soph., point guard; Jacob Mckenzie, 6-1, soph., wing.
NOTABLE: Duncan and Kurtz are Norwalk’s top returning players as both averaged more than 8.0 points per game last season for the Truckers.

HEAD COACH: Troy Schwemley (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 15-6 overall, 9-5 NOL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chris Dudics, 5-11, sr., point guard; Parker Grove, 6-4, sr., forward/center; Matt Sommer, 6-4, jr., forward/center; Ryan Athy, 6-3, sr., forward/center.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Scott Baird, 5-10, jr., guard; Brennan Osborne, 6-1, jr., guard; Andy Knapp, 5-11, jr., guard; Brett Thompson, 5-10, jr., guard; Chad Coward, 5-10, jr., guard; Drew Luster, 6-3, sr., forward/center; John Shuty, 6-4, jr., forward/center.
NOTABLE: Schwemly comes to Shelby after coaching Columbus Grove to a spot in the Division IV state tournament last season.

Western Buckeye League
St. Marys Memorial
HEAD COACH: Paul Sadler (1st year)
2005-06 RECORD: 10-12 overall, 5-4 WBL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Adam Johns, 6-5, sr., forward/center; Aaron Pfeffenberger, 5-11, sr., guard; Doug Burke, 5-9, sr., guard; Danny Carroll, 6-4, sr., forward/center; Scott Laman, 5-9, sr., guard; Jon Groff, 6-3, sr., forward/center.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Cory Menker, 6-1, jr., forward; Derek Dunlap, 6-1, jr., forward; Jon Brenneman, 6-1, sr., forward; Jameel Brenneman, 5-10, sr., guard.
NOTABLE: Johns, a two-time first team all-WBL selection, is back after averaging 16.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Roughriders.

HEAD COACH: Denny Thompson (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 16-6 overall, 9-0 Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Bo Mathias, 5-11, soph., guard; Stephan Shurelds, 6-5, soph., center; Chris Duval, 6-1, sr., forward; Josh Thompson, 5-9, sr., guard; Jeremy Hardy, 5-10, jr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Scott Jordan, 5-10, sr., guard; Chris Kahle, 6-0, sr., guard; Steve Swick, 6-0, jr., guard/forward; Dominique Simpson, 6-2, jr., forward; Johnnie Brown, 6-1, soph., center.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs are the defending WBL champions and their top returnee is Bo Mathias, who earned honorable mention all-WBL honors as a freshman.

Lima Shawnee
HEAD COACH: Nick Bertke (3rd year, 20-24).
2005-06 RECORD: 13-9 overall, 5-4 WBL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jerin Butler, 6-3, jr., forward; Jake Pobjala, 6-4, sr., forward; Derek Lingenfelter, 6-3, sr., forward; Brent Farley, 6-5, jr., forward; LeRoy Wiliams, 5-9, jr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Jesse Norris, 6-4, sr., forward; DeWayne Brown, 6-3, sr., guard; Greg Andres, 6-0, sr., guard; Kyle Strawn, 6-0, sr., guard; Marcus Lowe, 6-5, soph., forward; Cody Smith, 5-0, fr., forward.
NOTABLE: Jerin Butler is the Indians’ top returning offensive player after netting 15.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Midland Athletic League
Tiffin Calvert
HEAD COACH: Ted Willman (2nd year, 10-12).
2005-06 RECORD: 10-12 overall, 4-6 MAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jacob Lucius, sr., post; Troy Keller, sr., wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: The Senecas lost eight seniors from last year’s club.

Old Fort
HEAD COACH: Steve Adelsperger (2nd year, 8-14).
2005-06 RECORD: 8-14 overall, 4-6 MAL.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Cody Perry, 6-0, sr., guard; Jake Molyet, 5-10, jr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Kent Kohlenberg, sr.; Greg Joseph, sr.; Keith Priddy, sr.; Josh Ortiz, sr.; Jackson Stults, sr.; Tony Miller, sr.; Kyle Garn, sr.; Marc Leady, jr.; Zach Kramer, soph.; Joey Silcox, soph., Ethan Barker, soph.
NOTABLE: Cody Perry is a returning first team all-MAL selection for the Stockaders after popping in 16.0 points with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Northwest Conference
Delphos Jefferson
HEAD COACH: Marc Smith (2nd year).
2005-06 RECORD: 4-17 overall, 2-7 NWC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Aaron Klausing, 6-1, sr., guard; Michael Wiltsie, 6-0, jr., guard; Mike Rahrig, 6-1, soph., guard/post; Bubba Shively, 6-1, soph., post; Austin Bonifas, 6-0, soph. guard; Josh Miller, 6-3, soph., guard/post; Chris Wilkin, 6-2, jr., post.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Matt Gerdeman, 6-3, soph., post; Matthew Antalis, 6-3, soph., post; Jordan Jettinghoff, 5-10, fr., guard.
NOTABLE: Look for the Wildcats to be much improved this season with four returning starters back in the lineup.

Allen East
HEAD COACH: Chris Cockerell (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 9-12 overall, 4-5 NWC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ethan Jenkins, 6-2, sr., guard; Nic Thomas, 5-9, sr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Nate Swaney, 5-7, jr. point guard; Dan Neeley, 5-11, sr., wing; Nate Holbrook, 5-11, sr., guard; Brant Engle, 6-3, sr., forward; Ryan Black, 6-2, sr., center; Cody Mullholland, 6-4, jr., forward.
NOTABLE: Cockerell takes over the season and he has a lineup with little experience but above average size.

HEAD COACH: Mark Thompson (2nd year, 3-18).
2005-06 RECORD: 3-18 overall, 1-8 NWC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Alex Phlipot, 6-2, jr., forward; Jarod Riley, 5-8, jr., guard; Jacob Perl, 6-3, jr., forward; Bryant Troyer, 6-0, soph., guard; Jeremy Johnson, 6-1, sr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Troy Vance, 6-2, jr., forward; Jordan Phlipot, 6-3, jr., post; Zach Stallkamp, 6-0, jr., guard.
NOTABLE: Jarod Riley was an honorable mention all-NWC selection last season for the Panthers last season.

HEAD COACH: Mike Bute (2nd year, 5-16).
2005-06 RECORD: 5-16 overall, 1-8 NWC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kory Thatcher, 5-11, sr., guard; Mitch Ringwald, 5-11, sr., wing; Zach Profit, 6-0, sr., post; Danny Brincefield, 6-0, sr., wing/post; Kaleb Baucom, 6-2, jr., wing/post; Kade Pollock, 5-11, sr., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Corey Wolters, 6-2, jr., wing.
NOTABLE: The Lancers have plenty of experience returning but they will be undersized with the tallest player on the roster at 6-2.

North Central Conference
Colonel Crawford
HEAD COACH: David Sheldon (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 3-18 overall, 1-13 NCC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Adam Koons, 6-4, sr., center; Dan Rachel, 6-1, sr., guard; Brandon Tackett, 5-10, jr., guard; Dan Sherer, 5-10, jr., guard; Austin Smith, 6-3, soph., guard.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Derek Sherman, 5-11, jr.; Cole Long, 6-0, soph.; Michael Metcalf, 6-0, soph.; Tyler Halderman, 6-3, soph.; Andrew Godby, 5-10, soph.; Jake Welsh, 5-10, soph.; Mitch Alt, 6-1, soph.
NOTABLE: The Eagles will be young again this season with just two seniors on the roster. Smith is the top returning player after averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game to earn honorable mention all-NCC honors.

HEAD COACH: Tim Ehresman (4th year, 54-17).
2005-06 RECORD: 20-6 overall, 12-2 NCC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chad Snyder, 6-0, sr., forward; Kyle Smith, 6-1, sr., post; John Shifley, 6-3, jr., forward; Kyle Shroll, 6-1, jr., guard; Brett Bauer, 6-0, jr., guard; Nathan Etler, 6-1, jr., wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Eli Snode, 5-11, jr., guard; Preston Eibling, 6-5, jr., post.
NOTABLE: The Royals lost a very good player to graduation in Joe Kalb. He was a second team all-Ohio pick that scored 1,232 career points.

HEAD COACH: Tim Birie (4th year).
2005-06 RECORD: 10-12 overall, 5-9 NCC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nick Heiby, 5-6, sr., point guard; Andy Sieving, 6-2, sr., post; John White, 6-1, sr., post; Quentin Reeves, 6-0, jr., wing; Jack Harley, 5-10, sr., wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Kevin Kelso, 5-7, sr., wing; Zach Carroll, 6-2, jr., wing/post; Kyle Strauch, 6-0, jr., wing/post.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs aren’t big but do have experience as Nick Heiby is back to run the point after tossing in 6.0 points and dishing out 4.0 assist per game last season.

Midwest Athletic Conference
Delphos St. John’s
HEAD COACH: Doug Etgen (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 13-11 overall, 4-5 MAC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kazz Bryan, 6-6, sr., forward.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Jeff Ostendorf, 6-3, sr., post; Ryan Reynolds, 6-3, sr., wing; Josh Klaus, 5-11, sr., point guard; Adam Recker, 6-0, sr., wing; Tony Reindel, 6-2, jr., wing; Tyler Williams, 5-10, soph., wing.
NOTABLE: Etgen has just one returning letterwinner back but he is a very good one as Kazz Bryan netted 14.6 points with 7.6 rebounds per game.

Greater Buckeye Conference
Marion Harding
HEAD COACH: Roger Jury (1st year).
2005-06 RECORD: 1-20 overall, 0-10 GBC.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Phillip Haddad 6-3, sr., post; Cody Hecker, 5-10, sr., point/wing; Kory Kirkpatrick, 6-0, jr., wing; Isaiah Twine, 6-0, soph., point/wing.
OTHER PROSPECTS: Bryson Faggs, 5-10, sr., wing; Patrick Jones, 6-1, sr., post; Kyle Oney, 6-5, jr., post; Tyler Winger, 6-3, jr., wing; Kieran Elliott, 6-0, jr., wing; Nacara Robinson, 6-4, jr., post; Skip Davis, 6-1, sr., post; Kurtis Betker, 6-1, jr., wing/post; Billy Bostelman, 6-0, jr., wing; Austin Tanner, 6-1, jr., wing.
NOTABLE: Jury has a solid player to build his team around as Kirkpatrick is a returning second team all-GBC selection.


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