NOTE: All capsule information was supplied by the coaches. Any team not listed did not supply its information by the deadline.
Delphos St. John’s
Coach: Aaron Elwer
Years, Record at School: 7, 84-52
Last Year’s Record: 20-6, 8-1 MAC
Letterwinners: Eric Clark (5-10, Sr., Point Guard), Ryan Koester (6-2, Sr., Guard), Andy Grothouse (6-1, Jr., Forward), Evan Hays (5-10, Jr., Guard), Tyler Conley (6-5, Jr., Center)
Top Newcomers: Alex Odenweller (5-10, Jr., Guard), Jake Csukker (6-2, Sr., Center), Ben Wrasman (6-0, Sr., Guard), Aaron Hellman (6-1, Sr., Guard)
Season Outlook: Five letterwinners return to build around on a team that won the MAC and made it to the regional tournament. Finding consistency offensively and defensively will make the difference between a good season and great season.
Coach: Mike Bruns
Years, Record at School: 3
Last Year’s Record: 9-13
Letterwinners: Brody Hoying (5-10 Jr., Guard), Derek Thobe (6-2, Jr., Guard), Brandon Wolters (6-5, Sr., Post)
Top Newcomers: Aaron Harlamert (6-2, So., Guard), Andy Brunet (6-6, So., Post), Ted Fisher (6-0, Jr., Guard
Season Outlook: “Because of football, we will be behind early in the year,” Bruns said, “hoping to pick up momentum by tournament and be playing our best basketball.” The Cavaliers will be young with just one senior (Wolters) who missed last season with because of Tommy John elbow surgery. The Cavaliers will play good defense and will look to get better on the offensive end if they want to compete in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Coach: Kurt Goettemoeller
Years: 2, 22-23
Last Year’s Record: 11-10, 2-7 MAC
Letterwinners: Cole Griesdorn (6-0, So., Point Guard), Dustin Rethman (6-0, Jr., Shooting Guard), Adam Bertke (6-6, Sr., Small Forward), Ryan Bruns (6-7, Jr., Power Forward), Luke Knapke (6-10, Jr., Center), Dustin Seitz (6-3, Jr., Forward), Nate Nagel (5-10, Jr., Guard), Troy Homan (6-3, Sr., Forward), Jason Brunswick (6-1, Sr., Center)
Top Newcomers: Collin Mescher (6-0, Jr., Guard)
Season Outlook: On paper, the Flyers look really good. Nine letterwinners return including all five starters. Luke Knapke is a Division I college prospect. How quickly the team can shake off the rust from a championship football run will go a long way in determining how Marion Local will do on the hardwood.
Coach: Mile Lee
Years: 20, 283, 174
Last Year’s Record: 12-11, 3-6 MAC
Letterwinners: Brandon Hoying (5-9, Sr., Guard), Jacob Stechschulte (5-9, So., Guard)
Top Newcomers: Eli Wolf (6-4, Jr., Forward), Drew Ripploh (6-5, Jr., Forward), Prater Otting (6-3, Sr., Center), AJ Huelsman (5-11, Sr., Guard), Josh Nixon (5-10, So., Guard)
Season Outlook: Potential is the operative word for the Wildcats. Two letter winners return in the backcourt that combined for 13 points last year. “This is the least number of letterwinners returning in my 21 years,” Lee said. “This team has a lot of upside which should make for competitive basketball night in and night out.”
Coach: Adam Dougherty
Years, Record at School: 2, 30-14
Last Year’s Record: 18-6, 7-2 MAC
Letterwinners: Carson Manger (6-3, Jr., Guard), Ben Homan (6-6, Sr., Forward), Brent Goettemoeller (6-5, Sr., Forward)
Top Newcomers: Ben Schwieterman (5-9, So., Guard), Trey Naylor (6-0, Jr., Guard), Nolan Fox (6-5, Jr., Forward), Kalelen Reed (5-10, So., Guard), Nate Herriott (5-9, Jr., Guard), Zach Hegemier (6-1, Sr., Forward), Braden Elshoff 6-1, Jr., Forward), Deion Hoehne (6-0, So., Guard)
Season Outlook: Manger is the top returning players after averaging 14 points per game last season. The rest of the players will have to gel and gain experience for the Cardinals to find success. “We will be a very inexperienced team early this season,” Dougherty said. “We hope to get better every day and play our best in March. “