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ACAC boys: team-by-team preview

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

ADAMS CENTRAL

Coach: Aaron McClure, 12th year (102-134)

Last year's record: 19-4

Returning starters/regulars

Dalton Combs, 6-3, Sr., 15 ppg, 5 rpg

Isaac Luginbill, 6-0, Sr., 10 ppg, 2 apg

Pierce Harris, 6-4, Sr.

Alex Byerly, 5-10, Jr.

Key newcomers

Hayden Black, 6-0, Jr., guard

Nick Baumer, 6-3, Jr.

Anthony Spangler, 6-2, Jr.

Coach McClure says:

What do you need to succeed?

We return some very talented players from last year's team. We have several kids moving up from the JV that will play critical roles on both ends of the floor. They need to make the quick adjustment to varsity basketball. The biggest key will be the need to rebound the ball and defend very well this year on the perimeter as we won't have as much height in the post.

What concerns you the most?

Not as much height as last year, so we are going to really work on rebounding/blockout on both

ends of the floor.

Team goals for this season?

We hope to again contend for an ACAC and sectional championship.

Overall assessment of the team?

We are looking forward to a fun season. We lost some key players but feel we've got plenty of returning players and newcomers to make it another exciting season.

BLUFFTON

Coach: Kevin Leising, 3rd year (55-14)

Last year's record: 18-5

Returning starters/regulars

Chandler Prible, 6-1, Sr., guard, 9 ppg

Jackson Lambert, 6-0, Sr., forward 11 ppg

Matthew Sturgeon, 5-10, Sr., guard, 8 ppg

Michael Pearson, 6-3, Jr., forward, 8 ppg

Seth Thompson, 6-0, Sr., forward, 4 ppg

Key newcomers

Jake Garrett, 6-0, Jr., guard

Austin Brigner, 6-1, Jr., forward

Kevin Moser, 5-10, So., guard

Coach Leising says:

What do you need to succeed?

To continue our long-standing tradition of understanding what … More Than Winning Means.

What concerns you the most?

Lack of size.

Team goals for this season?

Win multiple championships as we have in the past. With four starters back, that is our expectation.

Overall assessment of team?

Love it.

GARRETT

Coach: John Bodey, 5th season (36-49)

Last year's record: 8-12

Returning starters/regulars

Drake Landes, 6-0, Sr., guard, 16.9 ppg

Joe Martin, 6-3, Sr., forward, 7.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Vince Marshall, 5-8, Sr., guard, 1.2 ppg

Zach Sarrazine, 5-10, Sr., guard, 3 ppg

Matt Singleton, 6-7, Jr., center, 3.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Karsten Cooper, 6-1, Jr., guard/forward

Connor Meehan, 6-4, Sr., center/forward 3.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Key newcomers

Justin McCoy, 6-1, So., guard

Tommy Reneau, 6-4, So., forward/center

Jake LaTurner, 6-1, Jr., forward

Coach Bodey says:

What do you need to succeed?

Drake Landes is a proven scorer. We need scoring help and balance in order to be successful.

What concerns you the most?

Scoring should not be a problem for us. Our defense needs to be improved over last year.

Overall assessment of the team?

We have a good group of guys … . They have really worked at improving their individual games. We have a good mix of inside play and perimeter play.

HERITAGE

Coach: Brad Kiess, 2nd year (9-14)

Last year's record: 9-14

Returning starters/regulars

Wil Knapke, 5-10, Sr., guard, 11 ppg

Nate Scheumann, 6-4, Sr., forward, 11 ppg

Zac Toles, 6-3, Sr., forward

Brenton Lockett, 5-9, Sr., guard

Conner Sheehan, 6-1, Sr., forward

Key newcomers/regulars

Aaron Horne, 6-2, Jr., forward

Bradley Scott, 6-5, So., center

Coach Kiess says

What do you need to succeed?

Good defensive play. Better rebounding.

What concerns you the most?

Effort. Consistent FG and FT shooting.

Team goals for this season?

Win ACAC regular season and tournament title. Win sectional title.

Overall assessment of the team?

A very good mix of athletic players. We should be able to force turnovers with our quickness; physical strength. If we can effectively rebound the ball, we should be able to fast break often and get easy shots. We need to become a more consistent shooting team from both the floor and free-throw line. We should be very competitive … and could do some really big things if our chemistry is good.

LEO

Coach: Kevin Cogdell

Last year's record: 11-11

Returning starters/regulars

AJ Busche, 6-1, Sr.

Sam Waters, 6-4, Sr., 14.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Trey Phillips, 5-9, Sr., 2.1 ppg

Kyle Pepple, 6-4, Sr.

Fazaun Stephens, 5-10, Sr., 5.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg

Zach Moreau, 5-10, Sr.

Bryce Beer, 6-1, Jr.

Chandler Fields, 5-10, Jr., 3.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg

Jake Robbins, 6-1, Jr., 2.4 ppg

David Hardin, 5-11, So., 11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg. 3 apg

Coach Cogdell says:

Outlook: We lost great leadership in Gage Corner and Taylor Horn. It is often overlooked but that is the key to our team this year. Can we replace their intensity and leadership ability. Last year's team practiced hard every day. As a result, they overachieved in the won/loss category. Basketball keys will be the ability to defend, rebound, take care of the ball and get to the free-throw line.

SOUTH ADAMS

Coach: Andy Brown, 2nd season (6-15)

Last year's record: 6-15

Returning starters/regulars

Chase Mosser, 5-11, Sr., guard, 6 ppg

Blake Fox, 6-3, Sr., forward, 7 ppg

Key newcomers

Cal Clouser, 6-0, Jr., forward

Cody Wickey, 5-8, Sr., guard

Colten Bollenbacher, 6-2, Sr., forward

Simon Sprunger, 5-7, Sr., guard

Dustin Dellinger, 5-5, Jr., guard

Derek Wanner, 6-0, So., forward

Conner Sealscott, 6-4, So., forward

Coach Brown says

What do you need to succeed?

We need to have consistent play from our newcomers to the varsity level and we also need to have consistent improvement throughout the season. We will have an inexperienced team but they have made great strides in the offseason.

What concerns you the most?

My biggest concern is the inexperience of our team. We lost seven seniors from last year's group and they all played a key role on the team last year. We made great improvements last year, but it can be concerning to have all but two players without much varsity experience. We will need guys to step up early and often for us to be successful.

Team goals for this season?

Team goals will always be to continually improve. I am of the belief and have told my players year to year that if we work on getting better everyday and are able to do so that the wins will take care of themselves. I think it is a pivotal year for some of these players that will have an opportunity to play key roles in our season.

Overall assessment of the team?

I have a lot of faith in this team because of the improvements I saw in the offseason and also their coachable attitudes. We had a group of players very interested in learning how to get better and we have a very capable staff that has earned the trust of the players.

SOUTHERN WELLS

Coach: Brody Tarter, 1st year

Last year's record: 7-14

Returning starters/regulars

Levi Sherman, 6-3, Sr., 19 ppg

Devin Price, 5-10, Sr., 10 ppg

Jackson Johnson, 5-11, Sr., 4 ppg

Travis Huffman

Dalton Fate

Matthew Harvey

Key newcomers

Keaton Coleman, 6-0, Fr.

Joel Neff, 6-0, Fr.

Jacob Roush, 5-11, So.

Brad Woodward, 6-1, So.

Kennen Mooberry, 5-10, Jr.

Colton Mooberry, 5-10, Jr.

Coach Tarter says:

What do you need to succeed?

We will be successful if we continue to have strong leadership from our players. It has been exciting for the coaching staff to see how our upperclassmen lead every day in practices. They have been the hardest workers in practice and that is what we will continue to expect from them. Another big focus for us this year is creating a culture where we are great teammates. We believe that … if we want to be successful, we need to have great teammates in our program. So far we have seen the players come together and they truly care for each other. We need great teammates in order to be successful this year.

What concerns you the most?

We have a nice core group of experienced players, but we will be playing kids who have no experience playing varsity basketball. We know physically, our young players are capable of playing varsity basketball. It will be a learning curve for them to adjust to the mental demands of varsity basketball.

Team goals for this season?

Be the hardest working boys basketball program in the state of Indiana.

Overall assessment of the team?

We have a great group of kids who work extremely hard. They are becoming great teammates and we anticipate that our players will continue to learn and improve on our style of play. We have set high expectations for ourselves this season.

WOODLAN

Coach: David Randall, 8th season (53-94)

Last year's record: 6-14

Returning starters/regulars

Shawn McGettigan, 5-10, Sr., guard, 10.6 ppg

Corbin Evans, 6-1, Sr., forward, 4.5 ppg

Kadin Gerig, 6-0, Jr., guard, 6 ppg

Jaylin Bennett, 6-5, Jr., 6.7 ppg

Key newcomers

Justice Williams, 6-1, Sr., guard/forward

Contrell Burden, 6-0, Sr., guard

Joe Lortie, 5-11, Sr., guard

Brady Rogers, 5-10, Sr., guard

Caleb Stieglitz, 6-1, Jr., guard

Greg White, 5-9, Jr., guard

Luke Mendenhall, 6-0, Jr., forward

Coach Randall says

What do you need to succeed?

We can't give away as many possessions as we did last year, turnovers and offensive rebounds really hurt us. We need to improve defensively as well.

What concerns you the most?

I'm not yet sure where our points are going to come from, but someone will emerge.

Team goals for this season?

I would like us to continue to get better every day. Our stated goal every year is to win our conference so that would be a nice tangible goal to reach.

Overall assessment of the team?

We have some very competitive kids this year who will push each other every day. I like our chances to be much better at the end of the year.