MOUNDRIDGE — Last season, the Moundridge High School boy’s basketball team fell one game shy of reaching the state tournament. This season, led by 6-foot-3 senior Noah Eichelberger, the Wildcats will attempt to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2013.

Eichelberger averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Throw in senior guard Jared Kaufman, junior guard Dillon Vogts, and sophomore center Brady Helms into the equation, and the Wildcats will have experience across the court.

Moundridge head coach Vance Unrau, who is entering his 31st season with the program, also has his eye on an additional five players for playing time, including junior Remington Creed, who is out with injury until sometime after Christmas.

“I’m hopeful that a couple of younger guys will also be in the mix for playing time,” Unrau said. “We had another good summer of individual and team development.”

Offensively, Unrau expects the Wildcats to be dangerous in a variety of ways; defense will be the determining factor on how far Moundridge will advance this season.

“Our perimeter game will be solid and I am optimistic about an improved inside presence,” Unrau said. “Our commitment to defense and rebounding will be key as we face a tough schedule.”

Moundridge opens the season on Dec. 1 at home against Pretty Prairie.

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