ELYRIA — As loaded as the Elyria Christian School boy’s basketball team is this year, next year could be even better.

But don’t tell that to senior Tyler Thiessen, who leads an Eagles team that returns all five starters from a season ago. Thiessen, the only senior in a starting five full of juniors, averaged a team best 15 points and seven rebounds a game last season on his way to earning first team All-Wheat State League.

Thiessen and company are now a year older and stronger, and ready to perhaps make a trip to the state tournament.

“We are excited for the season,” head coach Zach Goodrich said, “still plenty of areas to improve on, but we are looking forward to getting started.”

Elyria’s Aidan Fields is also among the best in the Wheat State League -- the junior guard averaged 12 points and five rebounds to earn first-team honors as well.

Thiessen at 6-foot-5 and Caleb Froese at 6-foot-4 will give the Eagles great height at the forward position; Froese scored nine points a game last season.

Guards Tyler Huxman and Jaden Starburg round out the starting five, and guards Kobe Neufeldt and Jackson Stone were two of the best players off the bench last season for ECS.

Outside of Thiessen and Froese, the Eagles will be relying on younger guys for an inside presence.

“This season we see a lot of opportunity for players to grow and take leadership,” Goodrich said. “We have a good mixture of upperclassmen and underclassmen to keep practices competitive.”

Elyria opens the season on Dec. 5 against Little River in the Bluebird Classic in Goessel.

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