SCHS Boys Basketball Preview: Warriors expect more depth in new season
The 2018-19 Schuyler Central High School boys basketball team, under the coaching leadership of Lyndon Beebe, will be looking to improve on the 5-17 record they put together during the 2017-18
After the first week of preseason practice, the Warriors believe they have the depth to do just that. With three returning seniors, eight juniors, and a talented group of sophomores, SCHS hopes to have several players who will play key roles on the varsity squad this year.
Coach Beebe has been pleased with his pre-season practices.
“Our practices have been pretty intense,” he said last week. “We have some depth that we didn’t have last year so we’re able to go good on good for the most part.
There are 26 players on the current roster with a good mixture of experience and youth. The three seniors listed on the roster are Preston Anderson, Rosel Diaz, and Chris Renteria. Look for sophomores Easton Hall, Merrick Kort, and Aaron Langmeier to add valuable minutes for the Warriors as the season progresses.
According to Beebe, one of the big advantages for his team so far has been how well they work together.
“This team has been very coachable,” he said. “They are excited about basketball and eager to work at practice each day. Again, we are a very young team and that’s fine by us. We know that we’ll progress each practice this season.”
After one week, coach Beebe is still searching for his starting unit but knows that he has several quality athletes to choose from.
“We have four returning letter winners to build this team around. Because of their hard work in practice, it has been difficult to single out one or two team leaders at this point,” Beebe said. “Everybody has been a team leader so far this season. Everyone is pretty self-motivated, and they are doing the right things. So, we have a team of leaders which makes this an exciting group to work with.”
Beebe looks at the conference and sees four teams that should be very good.
He believes Seward will be the best of the bunch but he looks for Aurora, York, and Adams Central to be very tough as well.
All four of those teams return several starters from their teams of a year ago.
When asked who he thought would be the outstanding squads in Class B this year, Beebe commented that Seward will probably surprise some people and that Lincoln Pius X could very well be the best team in the class.
“Our kids never quit. They always play hard and they are fun to watch,” he said. “Our expectation never changes, we need to take care of the little things, be coachable, and work hard in practice. If we do that good things are going to happen.
SCHS 2018-19 boys basketball roster: SENIORS – Preston Anderson, Rosel Diaz, Chris Renteria, JUNIORS – Adrian Francisco, Juan Gonzalez, Nolan Healy, Johnsser Lara, Rueben Lickei, Allen Millan, Elmer Salazar, Adrian Zamudio, SOPHOMORES – Elvin Arevalo, Yair Garcia, Easton Hall, Logan Johnson, Merrick Kort, Aaron Langemeier, Oscar Velez, Kenny Wako, FRESHMEN – Erik Cancino, Daniel Daviu, Malden Mendez, Samuel Rivas, Caden Shonka
MUST WATCH HOME GAMES: 11/29 versus Madison (Home and Season Opener), 12/4 versus North Bend Central, 1/18 versus Columbus Lakeview (Conference Rivalry), 2/15 versus Raymond Central (Final Regular Season Game).
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for The Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email as SCHsports@lee.net