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Inexperience haunts MMC boys basketball

Friday, December 8, 2006

Members of the 2006-2007 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys basketball team are, front row, left to right, Joe Bush, Ryan Hanson, manager Nate Rassel, Brandon Brady, Chad Alesch. Back, Kyle Wester, Lukas Nelson, Tim Holmes, Nate Dammann, Jordan Boekhout, Justin Henke.
MARCUS - With just two returning lettermen, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys basketball coach Al Vasher and Eagle fans every where are going to have to have patience as Vasher nurses the 2006-2007 squad through the rugged War Eagle Conference.

The two returning lettermen - Tim Holmes and Nate Dammann - are also the only squad members with any extensive varsity experience.

According to Vasher, six promising newcomers are among the team members who will impact this year's squad, each bringing a variety of skills to the court.

They are Justin Henke, Jordan Boekhout, Ryan Hanson, Chad Alesch, Brandon Brady, and Derek Lewis.

The second-year Eagle coach lists shooting and the ability to play tough, full-court defense as major team strengths this season. That lack of experience and an overload of youth are among the Eagles' shortcomings.

A youthful MMC team recorded a 4-16 record last year, most of those losses coming in the tough WEC play.

Vasher is again assisted by Tim Dreckman, forming a savvy coaching team that will work tirelessly to bring the Eagles to the fore in WEC basketball this season.

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