|Returning letter winners for Lakota varsity boys basketball (from left): Kyle Below (44), Colin Timmons (02) and Josh Kirkpatrick (05). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Head coach: Tim Walsh, fifth season.
2012-13 overall record: 8-15.
2012-13 Midland Athletic League record: 3-8.
Returning letter winners: Kyle Below, senior, 6-3, forward; Josh Kirkpatrick, senior, 6-0, guard/forward; and Colin Timmons, senior, 6-1, guard/forward
Strengths: Speed, size.
Keys to the season: Being able to develop the concept of when it's a good time to fast break and when to slow it down.
Outlook: The Raiders return Timmons who earned honorable mention All-Mid-American honors, and averaged 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
"We are going to need him to score for us and he's capable of being a very good rebounder," Walsh said. "We'll need him to rebound and he has to be our leader on defense, too."
Lakota averaged 53.5 points per game offensively last season, but gave up 57 points per game. The Raiders look to close that gap.
"We need to continually work on defense in practice, daily, and continue to develop that work ethic needed to play defense," Walsh said. "We believe anyone can play defense, but not just anyone can play offense."
"Our goal is to improve game to game defensively, offensively and overall. We have goals for every game and we just take it game to game."
|North Baltimore boy's basketball returning letterman (back row from left) Brandon Solly, Jacob Frost, Tyler Trumbull, Chase Nichols, (front row from left) Levi Newcomer, Brock Boyer, and Lane Bishop. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Head coach: Jon Eichar, third season.
2012-13 overall record: 3-20.
2012-13 Midland Athletic League record: 2-9.
Returning letter winners: Jacob Frost, senior, 6-1, forward; Tyler Trumbull, senior, 6-1, forward; Brandon Solly, senior, 5-8, guard; Chase Nichols, senior, 5-9, guard; Lane Bishop, junior, 5-11, guard; Levi Newcomer, junior, 5-10, guard; and Brock Broyer, junior, 5-8, guard.
Strengths: Team speed.
Keys to the season: Defense, rebounding, reducing, turnovers.
Outlook: The Tigers return Jacob Frost who earned honorable mention All-Mid-American honors and averaged 13 points per game.
"His role is to be a leader on the floor, off the floor and in the weight room," said assistant coach John Kloepfer. "He has done a great job of that."
NB averaged 44.2 points per game last year, but it allowed 65.7 ppg.
"Our overall speed and getting the ball up and down the floor in transition better than we have in the past. We have kids that we feel can run the floor and we will try to get easy shot off in transition. We've really worked hard on man-to-man defense and putting pressure on the ball.
"It has been a while here since we have been above .500," Kloepfer added. "To finish above .500 and finish in the top half of the league, that's a goal that doesn't seem that high, but it is a legitimate goal, considering we won three games (last year) and in the first year coach Eichar was here they won one. To go from three to 11 or 12 wins, that's a big jump."
Head coach: Jim Scharer, second season.
2012-13 overall record: 6-17.
2012-13 Toledo Area Athletic Conference record: 3-11.
Returning letter winners: Steven Sutton, junior, guard.
Strengths: Team plays hard.
Keys to the season: Competing and working hard.
Outlook: "It's a rebuilding year. I am very happy with our sophomore and freshman classes," Scharer said. "They are in a position in which they will have to do some things that other freshman and sophomores don't have to. We are just going to have to work extremely hard to get to the point where the kids are used to the speed of the game. It's going to be a learning experience for all of these kids
"I am proud of the effort the kids have shown in scrimmages and I am looking forward to taking this program in a couple years to where it deserves to be. Our goal is improve every day in practice and get better every Tuesday and Friday night."