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Boys Basketball: Porter County Conference outlook

Updated: November 22, 2013 11:57PM



Boone Grove

Coach: Matt McKay

Coach’s record at school: 267-183

Coach’s career record: 267-183

2011-12 finish: 6-14, 4-3

Key losses: Lucas Kemp, Sam Eleftheri (ACL injury, out for season)

Key returnees: Jake Clapp (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Dean Hill (9.5 ppg, 3.4 apg)

Outlook: Boone has experience and it has depth, which should make up for a lack of size. After a couple of down years that followed a whole lot of good ones, the Wolves should be competitive in the PCC and make some noise. And their difficult non-conference schedule always gets them ready for the postseason. They lost just one player to graduation from last year’s team, but the loss of Eleftheri for the season to an ACL injury was a tough one.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Dean Hill 12 G 5-11

Collin Christ 12 G n/a

Jake Clapp 12 C 6-2

Jordan Jana 12 C n/a

Dan Malouhos 12 G 5-11

Jon Hogg 11 F 6-3

Skyler Mizgate 11 F n/a

Issac Mioduski 10 G/F n/a

Hanover Central

Coach: Bryon Clouse

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 68-61

2011-12 finish: 12-9, 5-2

Key losses: Nick Bollenbacher, Cam Brady

Key returnees: Max Johnson (14 ppg); Nick Myszkowski, Dan Kubiak

Outlook: Numbers are down at Hanover and that concerns Clouse, who led Lake Station to back-to-back 16-win seasons. Clouse admits he was expecting more players out for tryouts, but will take what he can get right now. And he’s got some pretty good talent back. Myszkowski and Johnson should be steady players, while transfer-student Sean Kelly — a 6-foot-7 forward — should also make an immediate impact, whether its in the post or from 15 feet away.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Luke Pedersen 10 G/F 6-2

Bobby McClelland 10 G 5-11

Nick Myszkowski 12 G 5-11

Max Johnson 12 G 6-2

Payton Smith 9 G 6-0

Brandon Sears 10 F/C 6-2

Alex Calvin 11 G 6-0

Jeremy Pedersoli 12 G 6-0

Alec Nirtaut 10 G 5-10

Dan Kubiak 12 G/F 6-3

Trenton Fanta 9 F/C 6-1

Sean Kelly 12 C 6-7

Hebron

Coach: John Steinhilber

Coach’s record at school: 36-10

Coach’s career record: 157-154

2011-12 finish: 23-2, 6-1

Key losses: Damon Wallace, Cody Artuso, Kyle Schmidt, Jay Patz, John Pauer

Key returnees: Spencer Sheets (8 ppg); Kyle Joyce (4.5 ppg)

Outlook: The Hawks suffered major graduation losses from a team that won a 2A sectional before falling to Bowman Academy in the regional. There are many gaps to fill from that squad, but Steinhilber is hopeful that the success of a junior varsity team that posted a 20-1 record carries over to the varsity squad. And, as always, pressure defense will be key to Hebron’s success under Steinhilber. Expect the Hawks to possibly surprise some teams this year.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Drew Wheeler 10 G 5-8

Bryce Hanaway 10 G 5-8

Spencer Sheets 12 F 6-2

R.J. Griffin 12 G 5-9

Ryan Schmidt 9 F 5-9

Tony Rose 11 F 6-0

Jon Moneta 12 F 6-0

Kyle Joyce 12 G 6-0

Ryan Patz 11 F 6-2

Spencer Sutherland 10 C 6-6

Kouts

Coach: Marty Gaff

Coach’s record at school: 373-255

Coach’s career record: 373-255

2011-12 finish: 19-4, 7-0

Key losses: Stephen Keller, Matt Bradley

Key returnees: Max Everaert (15.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg); Andrew Birky (7.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Matt Stewart (6.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg)

Outlook: The Mustangs return a solid group from a team that finished undefeated in the PCC round robin and captured a Class 1A sectional title. They lost a couple key players from that team, but return Everaert and his nearly 16 points per game. And he’s only a junior. Kouts also has decent size with the 6-foot-8 Stewart returning after a strong sophomore season. Don’t be surprised if the Mustangs again have a successful run in the conference and in the postseason.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jake Bekelya 11 G 5-9

Andrew Birky 12 F 6-3

Max Everaert 11 F 6-2

Austin McNeill 12 C 6-4

Jake Moore 11 F 6-2

Cody Nelson 11 G 6-0

Matt Stewart 11 C 6-8

Nick Taylor 12 G 5-10

Cole Van Dyke 11 F 6-1

LaCrosse

Coach: Scot Spoljaric

Coach’s record at school: 2-18

Coach’s career record: 2-18

2011-12 finish: 2-18, 1-6

Key losses: Jimmy Rippe, Joey Matta

Key returnees: Riley Charlesworth (17.4 ppg); Sam Culver (10.2 ppg)

Outlook: The Tigers return seven players from last year’s varsity team, including five seniors. The group is led by Charlesworth, who can score and rebound. Keys for LaCrosse will be cutting down on turnovers and stepping it up on the defensive end of the floor. The Tigers struggled in those areas last season, but Spoljaric believes it was because of their youth and inexperience. With a year of play under their belts, they hope to be competitive in the Porter County Conference.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Matt Bennett 12 G 5-6

Riley Charlesworth 12 F 6-5

Sam Culver 12 G 6-0

Alex Metts 12 F 5-8

Andrew Nicks 12 F 6-3

Bobby Claypool 11 F 6-3

Bryce Guse 11 G 6-1

Nate Rhodes 11 F 5-10

Jeremy Adkins 10 F 6-1

Wylie Brown 10 G 5-6

Morgan Township

Coach: Eric Braden

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 5-17, 1-6

Key losses: Brandon Murphy (14 ppg)

Key returnees: Ryan Klikus (15 ppg, 3 rpg); Chase Braden (9 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg)

Outlook: The Cherokees have two returning starters back from last season, but the rest of the team has little varsity experience. Under first-year coach Braden, Morgan is implementing a new offense this season and will focus on playing solid team defense. Lack of height will again be an issue for the Cherokees, which could cause some matchup problems against teams with skilled bigs. A competitive season in PCC play would be considered a success.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Tyler Abbett 10 G 5-6

Adam Rettinger 12 G 5-6

Bo Anderson 11 F 5-10

Chase Braden 10 G 6-1

Jake Koselke 9 F 6-1

Mark Blum 12 F 5-6

Ryan Klikus 12 G 6-1

Tyler Hartley 10 F 6-0

Jordan Grubl 12 F 6-0

Austin Porter 12 C 6-4

South Central

Coach: Dan Warkentien

Coach’s record at school: 22-20

Coach’s career record: 260-110

2011-12 finish: 10-11, 3-4

Key losses: Marcus Kammrath (14.9 ppg)

Key returnees: Adam Clindaniel (11 ppg); Blaine Howell, Brett Walters

Outlook: The Satellites are struggling from the field in practice and that concerns Warkentien. He’s hoping his guys can find the right touch before the season starts or his defense is really going to have to step it up. “I’ve got seven seniors but our shooting is not very good right now,” he said. “I think we’re going to have to be selective with our shooting and be very patient. Either that or our JV is just really good and that’s why the shots aren’t falling.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Isaiah Thomas 12 F 6-2

Adam Clindaniel 12 F 6-1

Austen Hanna 11 G 5-8

Joel Poling 12 F 6-2

Marcus Walker 11 G 5-11

Blaine Howell 12 C 6-3

Mark Richards 10 G 5-11

Josh Regan 11 C 6-5

Brett Walters 12 G 5-8

Jasper Dittmar 12 F 6-0

KJ Wherrett 12 G 5-8

Washington Township

Coach: Scott Bowersock

Coach’s record at school: 8-32

Coach’s career record: 8-32

2011-12 finish: 6-14, 1-6

Key losses: Greg Fadell, Jacob Holcomb

Key returnees: Bobby Ross, Brandon Adkins

Outlook: Bowersock’s team took a step in the right direction improving its win total by four last season. He’s hoping his guys can turn it up a notch this year. It should help to have four returning starters back. Ross was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder the last two seasons and that shouldn’t change. If his teammates can step up around him, double digit wins could be acheived. “We’re cautiously optimistic. Expectations are very high. This is the point we wanted to get to three years ago.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Brandon Adkins 11 G 5-9

Ryan Geberin 12 G 6-0

Luke Lipinski 12 F 6-4

Bobby Ross 12 F 6-5

Alex Lowther 10 G 5-9

Garrett Short 12 G 6-4

Bryce Pappas 11 F 6-1

Joe Nugent 11 F 6-4

Themarr McGee 12 F 6-5

Alex Perez 9 G 5-8

Kyle Wolf 12 G 6-0

Kyle Titus 11 G 5-9



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