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L-S boys return top four scorers from 2016-17 state-qualifying team (Hometown Press article)

posted Nov 17, 2017, 8:50 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 8:51 PM ]

L-S boys return top four scorers from 2016-17 state-qualifying team

With a solid group of returners, the Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team is hoping the 2017-18 season ends where last year left off – at the state basketball tournament.

In the 2016-17 season, the Hawks put together a 24-2 record that ended with a loss in Wells Fargo Arena in the first round of the state tournament. The Hawks graduated one starter and two other seniors who played big roles for the team.

L-S will return its top four scorers from last year in seniors Jesse Van Wyk, Brevin Hansen, and Tanner Foster and junior Rylan James.

“I am looking forward to making a run in the state tournament this year,” said Van Wyk, who was the top scorer last year. “We return a lot of players and should be very exciting to watch this year. We have all the assets a team needs to make a serious run in the post-season. We have height, speed, and good shooters. Playing with this team makes my job very easy because we have so many players that can make plays.”

The Hawks will be coached by Nick Harthoorn, who returns for his 11th year of coaching. He has had many successful teams in the past and thinks this season will be similar for the Hawks. With that being said, the Hawks have some holes to fill and will be looking for some guys to step up into new roles.

“We graduated three seniors who did a little of everything for us,” Harthoorn said. “They provided us with scoring, rebounding, and toughness on the defensive end. We will need some guys to step up and fill those roles for us. We have a fair amount of scoring and rebounding that returns from last season. Hopefully, we can do the little things on each end of the floor to help make us successful.”

This season, the L-S boys will be led by six seniors – Van Wyk, Foster, Hansen, Drake Ehresman, Corey McCoy, and Kemper Lukehart – who are hungry to finish the season on top. But the Hawks are not focused on making it to the state tournament just yet. Instead, they plan to take it one game and one practice at a time until they make it to the end.

“We aren’t big on setting goals for the season,” Harthoorn said. “The most important thing is that we challenge the guys to be people of character. If we can be disciplined, respond to adversity in a positive manner, and be great teammates, we have an opportunity to do some pretty exciting things on the basketball floor.”

The boys basketball team will have their jamboree in Montezuma on Friday, Nov. 24. A few days later, they will play their first game against Montezuma in Sully on Tuesday, Nov. 28.