The Western News
Coach: Josh Bean
How many seniors are on the roster? We have three seniors: Brian Peck, Logan Christensen, and Nik Jones.
Who do you consider to be team-leaders and why? Brian Peck and Ryggs Johnston. They are the only returning players that had substantial time at the varsity level last year. Everyone will look to their experience to help them out. Keith Johnson (sophomore) and Jay Beagle (freshmen) have shown great promise in the past couple weeks. They have shown they can contribute at the varsity level. Ryan Goodman (sophomore) and Chandler Bower (sophomore) expanded their skills over the summer and fall and should provide quality minutes.
Who are your strongest competitors and why? Coming back into the Northwest A will be tough every night. Browning I believe has the most complete group of kids. We played them this summer and they were really tough. Polson has been the mainstay at the top of the Northwest A. They lose three really good seniors but bring back a good group of role players and sub varsity kids. (But) we can’t sleep on anyone in this conference. It will be a tough contest every night.
Is the conference a strong one? I believe the conference is average with the exception of Browning. I believe the Southwest A and the Eastern A are the toughest conferences in the state.
What excites you most about the coming season? We have another group of kids that absolutely loves basketball. They are so eager to compete everyday when they come to practice. We are changing up our offense and defense a little so it is new and the kids are excited about the opportunities it will provide them.
What is your biggest challenge? Our biggest challenge will be defending teams that are tall. We lost our height to graduation. We will have to find ways to contain those teams that have a dominate post player.