CANTON --- What the Canton-Galva High School boy’s basketball team will lack in size, they will need to make up for with athleticism.

The Eagles will be quick at all positions, but with very little height, competing with bigger teams will be a struggle.

“We should be quicker and more athletic defensively than what we have been in years,” head coach Shane Duncan said. “We won’t have a player over six feet tall in our top six. We will have to play bigger than our size if we want to compete in the Wheat State League.”

Canton-Galva needs to find replacements for the team’s top-two leading scorers and rebounders from last season -- Hunter Pearson and Reed Wiens. However, three returning starters should be able to carry the load.

Seniors Dylan Wood and Jonah Sargent, and sophomore Nick Pearson, all were starters last season. Senior Dawson Minson and sophomores Landon Everett and Kinser Colgin will all fight for playing time, with Colgin the tallest of the three at six feet.

On the entire varsity roster, Wood, Sargent, and Minson are the only upperclassmen.

“Our success will be dependent on how quickly we get the underclassmen accumulated to the speed of varsity competition,” Duncan said. “We had a nice turnout for summer workouts and summer league, so I’m excited to see how that transitions into the season.”

Canton-Galva opens the season on Dec. 1 at home against Rural Vista.

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