MARCUS - New Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys basketball coach Mark Fisher greeted five experienced lettermen, including four talented senior leaders, who will be doing much of the wood chopping this season for the Eagles.
Accompanying All-War Eagle Conference selection junior Dylan Spieler back to the MMC foid this year are senior stalwarts, also with ample varsity experience, in the persons of Nate Rassel, Tyler Prunty, Andrew Hoefling, and Jared Gross.
In addition, Fisher also has a skilled complement of promising newcomers, including seniors Zack Kellog and Nathan Zubrod; juniors Reece Jackson, Zach Reuter, and Erik Nelson; sophomore Isaiah Petersen; and freshmen Ben Specht and Jacob Spieler.
"We should be a talented and very deep team this year," said Fisher. "We are also a very coachable group of guys. All these factors should lead to some very competitive position battles in practice and create a team that plays hard and together."
The Eagles battled to a 12-11 record in the always tough War Eagle Conference last year, and posted a 4-5 WEC mark.
Fisher will be assisted this season by the capable Don Cave.
MARCUS - With the graduation loss of so many talented seniors who formed the nucleus of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's girls basketball team the past three years, coach Tim Dreckman has some roles to fill this season with a handful of seniors with a lack of extensive varsity playing time.
Others who coach Dreckman will rely on this season are juniors Heather Hoefling, Nicki Schwarz, Sydney Roberts, and Amber Neisius; sophomores Angeleah Hoefling, Alisson Meehan, and Jasi Vasher; and freshmen Sarah Dreckman, Ashley Hurd, and Brooklyn Treinen.
As is always the case, the MMC Eagles will have to put their best foot forward each time out this season, especially when playing War Eagle Conference opponents - year in and year out, one of the toughest and most competitive basketball conferences in the state.