Rock Hills basketball set to open season
The Rock Hills Grizzlies boys basketball team will open their 2013-2014 season against at the Tescott Tournament Friday.
Matt Hesting is in his eighth year as head coach of the Grizzlies and has a 107-47 record. The team competes in the tough Northern Plains League. Hesting sees St. John's-Beloit, Osborne and Thunder Ridge as the top contenders for the league championship title.
The Grizzlies are coming off an 18-3 season and they were undefeated in league play with an 11-0 record. The Grizzlies fell to Ness City in the sub-state semi-finals.
Chanse Copple will provide senior leadership as a returning starter. Other returning players expected to make major contributions to the team are Devon Freeman, a senior, Joel Broeckelman and Logan Schwerman, juniors and Grant Davis, a sophomore.
Hesting said about the upcoming season: "We hope to be competitive and rely on some good school tradition. We will lack the strong post play we've had in the past few years but we could have a much improved perimeter game. We should be a quick team with decent ball handling. Our overall size and strength is a concern. I see us somewhere about eighth to 10th place in our league."
The Grizzlies first home game is Thursday, Dec. 19, against the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs.
Superior High School sport schedule change
The start time for Monday's reserve girls and boys basketball game in Davenport is 6 p.m. The boys game will follow the girls 6 p.m. game.
The Tuesday home game times, against the Fairbury Jeffs, are 5:15 p.m for the varsity girls and junior varsity boys. The varsity boys will play at 7 p.m. as will the junior varsity girls.
SHS basketball teams in preseason action
The Superior High School girls and boys basketball teams hosted the Central City Bison, Saturday, at the high school gymnasium, for pre-season jamboree games. The Class C-1 teams provided a measuring gauge for the Wildcats and Lady Cats progress before the season opens.
The Lady Cats were up first and displayed the to be expected first game jitters. Ball handling was less than crisp and shots would not fall. There were glimpses of the potential that is present on this squad and when the season opens many of the issues that perplexed the team should be fixed.The team features six seniors who will be called upon to provide leadership and stability. The Lady Cats open their season today (Thursday) on the road against the Sutton Fillies at Sutton. They will take on the Republic County Lady Buffs Saturday at the Superior High School gymnasium and host the Fairbury Lady Jeffs Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
Stacey Shroyer is in her second year as head coach of the Lady Cats and Lisa Butler is serving as the assistant coach.
The Wildcats boys team found they have a long way to go before they can compete with an upper tier school. Ball handling was a major issue and perimeter shooting looked to be problematic. The team has a great deal of hustle and should be competitive once they adjust to actual game conditions. The lack of an inside game was evident but once the young, taller players acquire more experience, this should be less of an issue.
The boys open their season against the Republic County Buffs, Saturday, at the high school gymnasium. The will host the Fairbury Jeffs Tuesday at 7 p.m..
Varsity team members are Jacob Hawley, Colton May and Mac McCutcheon, seniors, Brett Boyles, Bryce Jurgensmier and Caleb Isom, juniors, Ethan Roberts, a sophomore, Cale Frahm, Tyler Blackstone and Eric Schiermeyer, freshman. The junior varsity roster is made up of Tomas Meenhorst, a senior, Trenton Morris, a sophomore, and Jacob Whitmore, Blake Kirchhoff and Garrett Caldwell, freshman.
Luke Chadwell, head coach of the Wildcats, is looking for continual improvement from his young squad. Chad well is in his second year as head coach and is assisted by Brandon Siegel, who is in his first year.
Matt Broeckelman receives honor
Kansas Wesleyan's Matt Broeckelman has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America football team is comprised of student athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Broeckelman is one of nine student athletes who are repeat selections on the Capital One College Division Academic All America football team.
A pre-physical therapy major with a 3.90 G.P.A., Broeckelman provided Kansas Wesleyan with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, two passes broken up and an interception. A native of Mankato, Broeckelman is a six time President's Honor Roll honoree and a two time member of the President's Club.
The 24 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All America College Division Football team have a 3.80 average G.P.A.
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