By Chris Parker
Sarcoxie posted a 22-6 report final 12 months behind a deep group of seven seniors that included three all-conference alternatives. That group helped lead Sarcoxie to its first convention title in 21 years and first back-to-back successful seasons since 1999-00 and 2000-01.
“These guys had been by far probably the most dedicated group of basketball gamers I’ve had the privilege to teach,” head coach Andy Hogenmiller stated. “I’ve had another gamers individually as dedicated, however as a bunch this group was excellent. I can’t thank them sufficient and they need to be pleased with what they completed.”
Senior Michael Misner returns as a crew chief. He was all-conference and all-district two seasons in the past. Final 12 months, Misner averaged 10 factors and three.7 rebounds per sport.
“Mike is a good participant who struggled at occasions final 12 months, however picked it up huge for us the final half of the season,” Hogenmiller stated. “I look to see extra of that participant after which some this season. He must wish to be the person and our chief.”
Fellow senior Justin Mandera shall be in his first 12 months on varsity.
“Justin is a participant that hasn’t acquired the chance to play varsity till now, his senior 12 months. However with that stated, he likes to win and compete,” Hogenmiller stated. “I search for him to do a bunch of gritty issues for us and be considered one of our leaders each via his voice and his effort when he’s within the sport.”
Junior Drake Acheson returns with the second-most varsity expertise. He was the second participant off the bench final season. Acheson averaged 2.2 factors, 1.5 rebounds and 1 help per sport.
“Drake has been a great participant for us that has crammed no matter position wanted his first two years,” Hogenmiller stated. “We’ll now look to him for far more particularly him to attain the basketball for us. He’s a powerful, bodily participant that may play and guard a number of positions.”
Jaron Malotte is a sophomore guard that may have seen extra time as a freshmen if it weren’t for the entire older children forward of him.
“Jaron shall be our level guard this 12 months and deal with the ball a ton for us,” Hogenmiller stated. “He is a good athlete that may and must do a number of various things for the crew to get to the place we wish to be. He’ll compete his tail off.”
Juniors Terio Asterio and Tyler Cupp shall be two different gamers seeking to step as much as varsity this 12 months.
“Terio provides much more athleticism. He’s very fast and has improved his handles and his taking pictures capability,” Hogenmiller stated. “Tyler is an absolute pleasure to teach. He appears to at all times be in the appropriate spot and by no means have to fret about his effort. He makes up for his lack of dimension along with his shot making and basketball IQ. (I) can’t wait to see him on the varsity flooring.”
Sarcoxie shall be trying to find its identification early within the seasons, because the Bears work to get many new gamers used to taking part in on the varsity stage.
“It’s going to take a bit to determine (our identification) out. We in all probability gained’t have our highest returning scorer for the primary month or so of video games,” Hogenmiller stated. “We must be fairly athletic and may run if wanted. However with that athleticism we are able to and will be capable of guard anybody we play.”
Sarcoxie opens the season Nov. 30 via Dec. 5 on the Diamond Match.
“Expectations are nonetheless excessive,” Hogenmiller stated. “Sure, we misplaced a number of nice gamers, however I consider these gamers that shall be taking up, have a chip on their shoulder and wish to maintain the practice going.”