NBC Boys Basketball Capsules: 12-04-14

EASTWOOD
Head coach: Matt Routson (third season)
2013-14 record: 18-7 overall, 10-4 NBC
Returning letter winner: seniors Zach Jacoby (6-5 post), Jason Fertig (6-4 post); Tim Hoodlebrink (6-2
guard) and Noah Smith (5-10 guard); and junior Nick Coffman (5-10 guard).
STRENGTHS: Guards and posts.
CONCERNS: Inexperience, comfort level.
OUTLOOK: We have some experience back at both the guard and post positions. We have five returning
letterman. Still expecting to compete for an NBC title.
ELMWOOD
Head coach: Ty Traxler (seventh season)
2013-14 record: 6-17 overall, 5-9 NBC
Returning letter winners: juniors Trevor Solether (6-4, post), Jarrett Childress (6-3 wing), Deven Peter
(5-10 guard), Philip Buckingham (5-8 wing), Brett Jones (5-11 post); and sophomore Tayte Lentz (6-2
wing).
STRENGTHS: Perimeter shooting, chemistry, transition
CONCERNS: Defense, rebounding, developing depth, size and strength
OUTLOOK: "We return some pretty good players from a year last year where we played five sophomores
and a freshman on varsity. However, we still have a lot of growing to do. We have three sophomores in
our top six. So we fully expect to have our ups and downs with our youth. We do have a lot of talent of
kids and a lot of kids that want to be good, so our expectations are high not only for this year, but
for the next few years down the road."
OTSEGO
Head coach: Jim Bostdorff (10th season)
2013-14 record: 10-14 overall, 5-9 NBC
Returning letter winners: seniors Josh Horseman (5-11 wing) and Dan Moser (5-9 wing).
STRENGTHS: Hard working, deep junior class
CONCERNS: Inexperience, don’t know where scoring is coming from
OUTLOOK: "This is the first year in quite a few that we just don’t have any varsity experience back.
Only one of our three seniors have really seen action. The potential to be a decent defensive club is
there. I’m not sure we’re there yet. We’re going to have a lot of kids learning on the job.
"We’re might have to take our licks here a little bit early. Hopefully we grow as a team and get
better as the season goes on."
ROSSFORD
Head coach: Brian Vorst (17th season overall)
2013-14 record: 15-7 overall, 12-2 NBC (second).
Returning letter winners: seniors Ryan Niese (5-10 guard), Marty Linthicum (6-5 post), Nate Childress
(6-4 post), Hector Aguirre (6-1 forward); junior Erik Davis (6-2 guard); and sophomore Cota Sinclair
(6-0 guard).
STRENGTHS: Experience (Niese, Davis, Linthicum and Childress are returning starters), work ethic, and mix
of inside-outside scoring.
CONCERNS: Players accepting their roles.
OUTLOOK: Rossford is looking to contend for the NBC championship again this season. The Bulldogs finished
one-game behind Lake.
"I’d like to think we’ll be in the upper half of the league," Vorst said. "We have a
history of being up and down in the way we play, and finding that consistency to play well every night
is important for us.
"I’m encouraged by the way the kids are playing. They’re working hard, and they’ve been real
unselfish. We have guys back at every position. We’ve spent a lot of time just trying to refine things.

Rossford’s only NBC losses last season were to Lake, one by two points in overtime and the other by six
points.
"The biggest thing is kids figuring their roles out," Vorst said. "We’re going to play a
lot of kids. It’s important for kids to figure out their roles, that they have a specific job to do, and
they’re willing to do it every night."