CORRECTIONVILLE - Five talented varsity lettermen are back to guide the fortunes of the River Valley Wolverines boys basketball team this season, including three juniors and two sophomores, with no seniors impacting the varsity squad.
Junior guard Brennan Riedemann, a starter since a freshman for the Wolverines, is the lone returning starter and must provide the experience and leadership required of all "veteran" players in a team sport like basketball.
Joining Riedemann and contending for varsity spots are juniors Mason Alitz and Nate Utesch, and sophomores Sam Briese and Wyatt Fitch.
Among the promising contributors to the team, according to veteran coach Dean Norris, are Briese, Fitch, and Devon Byers. Several other underclassmen also can impact the varsity team this season, as experienced depth is a shortoming this year for the Wolverines.
Riedemann was an All-Western Valley Conference honorable mention pick last season as a sophomore.
"We'll be a very young but quick team this year," said Norris. "We have great attitudes on this team so that will help as we grow."
Norris will be assisted by Rob Hullinger this season.
CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley girls have an inexperienced team this winter, but Coach Matt Jenness feels that the team, which has no returning starters, but returns four letter winners, will grow as the season progresses.
The River Valley girls posted a 4-3 mark in the Western Valley Conference last season and a 17-8 overall mark.
Junior Carley Burke is seen as a promising newcomer to the team mix this season
Coach Jenness feels the team's strengths this season will be their half court defense and their post play.
Jenness will be assisted by Brian Bode.