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(AUDIO) West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls Basketball Teams looking to have gigantic seasons | KRVN Radio

(AUDIO) West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls Basketball Teams looking to have gigantic seasons

(AUDIO) West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls Basketball Teams looking to have gigantic seasons

Team: West Point-Beemer

Mascot: Cadets

Colors: Red, Black, and White

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Cody Bobolz (3rd season) (21-30 record)

2016-2017 record: 12-14 (lost to Wayne in Sub-District Final)

Returning Starters: 5

The West Point-Beemer Boys Basketball Team brings back all 5 starters from last year’s 12-14 team. 3rd Year Head Coach Cody Bobolz.

“Yeah as far as the point guard spot Ben Vander Griend (6’0), Junior, really solidfied that role for us last year. And had an excellent summer, and we’re looking for him to have a big year. Blake Anderson (6’4, JR), he’ll play one of the guard spots for us and maybe some post. He’s got versatility with his size. And he’s a returning letterwinner for us as well. Cole Hughes (6’0), another kid, he’s a senior, will play a guard spot as well, and lettered last year. Austin Streeter (6’3), two-year letterwinner, senior year this year, will play mostly in the post area. Chase Streeter (6’4, SR), two-year letterwinner as well. And he’ll play a lot of post. And both Austin and Chase had good years last year, and we’ll look for them to have excellent senior campaigns.”

Bobolz says other contributors will be Tate Ernesti (6’6, SR G/F), Hunter Pilakowksi 5’10, SR G), Gavin Case (6’1, SR G), and foreign exchange student Alessandro Gianella (6’5, SR F).

West Point-Beemer looks for big things this year. Bobolz says the success the Cadets had in Football should carry over to Basketball.

“Yeah no doubt about it. I don’t think there’s any doubt that we would say that having success there in the fall with a lot of the same kids, there should be some carry over. And like I said, that sense of confidence that these kids have. And just that winning mentality is huge. And that’s something we wanted to establish. And I think these kids really taste it, and they want more of it. So hopefully we see that as the basketball season goes on.”

Bobolz says the Cadets have the potential to be really good this year. “Really excited to get things going this season. We have a very experienced group returning as these guys have played a lot of basketball together. We need some guys to really step for us and provide us with some more scoring depth throughout the season. We think our size should be a real advantage for us on both ends of the floor, and should help us create some match-up issues. We have a great, close-knit group of kids who all have high expectations going into this season.”

The Cadets get their season started on November 30th at home against Arlington in a game that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull. Bobolz says it’s a matchup of size versus speed.

“They’re pretty quick, they’re really guard oriented. We’re going to be big. I would be hard pressed to find a team around the area that’s pry going to be bigger than we are. So that’s going to kind of be a game where we’re going to look for our advantages inside, and they’re pry going to look to take advantage of their quickness against our taller guys. And typically every year we have fantastic games with them. We respect their program and what they do. They’ve had a lot of success. Last year they ended on a real hot streak, and was really tough to beat when it came to the postseason.”

The Cadets earned a 44-37 win over the Eagles last year.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Bobolz

 

Team: West Point-Beemer

Mascot: Cadets

Colors: Red, Black, and White

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Craig Theis (4th season) (54-27 record)

2016-2017 record: 8-17 (lost to Wayne in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

The West Point-Beemer Girls Basketball Team returns all but one starter from last year’s 8-17 Team. 4th year Head Coach Craig Theis says expectations are very high this year given all what the Cadets return.

“Oh absolutely. I was telling the girls the other day we lost 17 games. Of course it doesn’t sound great, but we lost all those games by an average of 3 points when you add them all up, which is kind of incredible. And I think we have 75% of our scoring coming back this year. Yeah we did lose a good senior in Bethany Anderson, but we got a really nice group of seniors and juniors that have put a lot of work in. And we got a nice younger group of kids coming in that’s going to make competition really, really good.”

Key returners include Brittney Hinkel (5’7, SR G), Makenna Weddle (5’6, SR F), Katie Pilakowski (5’5, SR G), Nicole Mitzel 5’7, SR PF), Megan Groth (5’8, SR G), Brooke Haase (5’11, JR C), Abbey Dale 5’4, SO G), and Andrea Hoffman (5’5, JR G).

West Point-Beemer looks to get back to their winning ways after going through a rebuilding year last year. Theis says the girls had a great summer.

“Yeah absolutely. I think we tallied up the girls this summer made about 50,000 shots made. They kept track, and they played about 30 games this summer. And some girls played AAU ball. And man just physically that group from the junior year to their senior and the sophomores and juniors and freshmen and sophomore. It’s just you can really tell they spent a lot of time in the weightroom.”

Theis says he hopes the girls can carry over the success they had in Volleyball to Basketball.

West Point-Beemer opens up the season on November 30th at home against Arlington in a game that will be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

“Yeah. They kind of have a crew a little bit like our crew where they got a lot of starters back. I don’t know if they lost anybody off the top of my head, and really good athletes. We put together a really good game plan last year, and the girls did a good job of going out that first game and really getting a quality win on the road there at Arlington. Now they come to our place. Last year, we won that first one and lost about 8 or 9 in a row, and got to get off to a good start, have to get off to a good start,” Theis said.

The Cadets won last year’s game 54-23.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Theis

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