By Morgan Luedy
The Wildcats’ basketball team is looking to stay competitive this 2016-17 season.
Last season, the Cats’ had a record of 15-8. The four players lost to graduation were Alex Fannin, Dylan Kipp, Nate Thomas, and Brad Weber. "Even though we lost four quality seniors, we still have some experience coming back” said head coach Tom Howell. Howell is on his 12th year coaching.
The team has five returning lettermen for this year: sophomore Karson Howell, and seniors Jake Gerlak, Jacob Molnar, Billy Woodmancy, and Ryan Lane, who had 15.09 points per game and 12.43 rebounds per game last season. "Last season our underclassmen played a lot and contributed at the varsity level” said coach Howell.
On the offensive side, he said, "We look to get out and run and get easy shots… we could also play the half court game as well.” Howell believe limiting turnovers to 12-14 would benefit the team as well.
As for defense, the Cats’ like to change their defense frequently and keep their opponents guessing. "With the players we have coming back, getting out and pressuring the basketball is what we want to do. This can be done in all the defenses we play.”
The Firelands Conference will be competitive this year, according to Howel, "With South Central winning the conference last year, they have many players returning. It is going to be a battle every game.” Howell’s overall coaching record is 149-95.