CANTON—Like the football team was doing, the Canton-Galva boys basketball team was playing with a slew of youngsters last season as they struggled to finish out a 3-18 season.
The good that comes out of that struggle is that the Eagles return seven players who saw a lot of playing time last season as they look to make a major turn around for the 2018-19 season.
Shane Duncan returns for his seventh season as the head coach and will be looking to work with a roster that does not have a single senior on it.
“I’m very excited about this upcoming basketball season,” Coach Duncan noted. “We return seven players that saw significant varsity minutes last year and although we will not have a senior on the roster, it will be nice to have some experience returning. Last year the boys were thrown to the wolves, but I believe it will pay dividends the next few years.”
Four starters return to the court for the Eagles including Brayden Collins, a six-foot-one sophomore and three juniors in Nick Pearson, Landon Everett and Kinser Colgan. Three other returning letterman who saw a lot of time as just freshman will be sophomores Conner Koehn, Brandon Huff and Brayden Minson.
Speaking about the team in his reflections on the upcoming season, Coach Duncan added, “We should have good depth this year at all positions and I feel we have the athletes to pressure the ball a little more than we have in recent years. This group is extremely competitive, and I expect very intense practices. We have 21 players on the current roster with the majority of them playing summer basketball in addition to taking part in basketball workouts throughout June and July. Most importantly, we had a great summer in the weight room, so I feel we made great strides in that department as the physicality of the varsity level was difficult for us last season.”
Looking at playing in the Wheat State League, Coach Duncan concluded his reflections by saying, “The consensus is that Elyria Christian will be the bench mark for the league. They are coming off a runner-up finish at State last season and only lose two players off their roster. They have great size, speed, and athleticism. Solomon is expected to have a strong team as well and they return arguably the top player in the league. Little River lost a few seniors but return both Garrison boys who are very good basketball players. To be honest, this will probably be the most open our league has been in quite a few years.”
The Eagle boys will kick off the 2018-19 season on Friday, November 30 when they play host to Rural Vista.
11/30 vs. Rural Vista
12/3- Goessel Tournament (4:00)
12/7 Goessel Tournament (4:00)
12/8 Goessel Tournament (TBA)
12/11 vs. Lyons
12/14 at Herington
12/18 vs. Centre
1/4 at Wakefield
1/8 vs. Little River
1/11 vs. Goessel
1/14 Canton-Galva Invitational
1/29 at Solomon
2/1 vs. Rural Vista
2/5 vs. Elyria
2/8 at Peabody
2/12 at Centre
2/15 vs. Wichita Warriors
2/19 at Goessel
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