Led by senior stalwart Cory Ege, an All-District performer and, inexplicably, just a second-team All-Lakes Conference choice after a superb, head-turning, junior year, the lettermen should provide second-year coach Trent Coombs with a formidable nucleus this season.
Two other lettermen with ample varsity experience include senior wing Michael Boothby, a solid perimeter shooter; and quick sophomore point guard Tyler Jones, also a good passer and perimeter shooter. Also destined to impact the Braves varsity this year are senior defensive specialist Josh Mugge, senior forward and solid rebounder Evan Meyer, and promising sophomore Matt Koch, both an inside and outside threat.
In addition to these returning lettermen is an impressive group of post and power forward players, including senior Andy Dawson, a great leaper and a physical 6-1 threat; Toby Grohe, an athletic 6-2 inside presence; and Jamon McGowan and Keaton Tuttle, a pair of burly 6-6 bangers who could well make a name for themselves before the season is over.
Ege and Mugge are team captains for a team coach Coombs sees as fast, athletic, and capable of playing a stifling defense. A lack of overall height, with the exception of McGowan and Tuttle, and conofidence are among the team's shortcomings, according to Coombs.
"It's my second year here so the kids should know what to expect and know my program," said Coombs, whose first-year club registered a 6-16 record. "We should be used to close games. We lost two overtime games, and one double overtime game, and a lot of games within 5-10 points last year. I can really see guys starting to step up and that means good things to come."
Travis Schueller is JV coach and varsity assistant, and Matt Malausky is freshman coach and JV assistant.