Middle school basketball begins season play in the next two weeks. Girls’ middle school basketball will be previewed next week. As the season progresses standings will be posted weekly.
The Flintville Bobcats will be led by first-year coach Trent Boyett. He is an alumnus of Flintville Middle School.
The Bobcats will be a young team with almost half of their 14-player roster being sixth-graders. Reese Smith and Eli Schetler will be leaned on for big seasons for Flintville this year.
“Being a former Bobcat, I am aware of what the expectations are. Seeing the focus and dedication the boys have had at practice, I know this season has the potential to be great. I hope all Flintvillet fans raise their expectations and come support our Bobcats.” said Coach Trent Boyett previewing the Bobcats season.
The Bulldogs will be looking for Elijah Parks and David Michael Moose to step up and lead the team. Other players Coach Ryan Browning says are key to the season success are (PG) Braiden Smith, (F) Jessie Patrick, and forwards Jake Johnson and Luke Parks. Underclassmen Keegan Fletcher, Coleman Nichols, Chason Kimbrough, Wyatt Baker and Remmington Dollar will have key roles as well. “This is my first season at Blanche, summer practice and scrimmages were productive. Players improved and learned a new system.” Said Coach Ryan Browning. “I’m looking forward to this season and coaching these kids. They work hard, play with physicality and a chip on their shoulder, and love to compete.”
South Lincoln Eagles
South Lincoln is led by second-year coach Zach Fearn and his assistant coaches Nichole Truett and Chris Lee.
The Eagles are looking for big seasons from returning 8th graders TraShawn Jean and Kilar Pace. Both players are team leaders and are expected to lead the Eagles to a successful season.
Highland Rim Hornets
The Hornets return all but three players off last season’s squad. That could bode well for the Highland Rim 2021 basketball season.
“This is a highly competitive group of young men willing to push themselves. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with them. We are looking forward to an exciting season.” said Coach Heath DeHart previewing the Hornets season.
The Lions will be a more-experienced team this year. The last couple of years Unity has had to rely on some younger players to take on some major roles Coach Dakota Brown expects some big contributions from 8th graders Eli Groce and Trent Coble this season. Coach Brown feels good about his team having several players that can compete on both ends of the court this year. “I’m excited to get to work and get this season started. This is a great group of kids that will work hard and compete to the best of their ability.” said Coach Dakota Brown previewing the Lions season.
Fayetteville Middle Tigers
The Fayetteville Middle Tigers have only one starter from the 2020 basketball season returning. That starter is eight-grader Jack Fincher.
However, Coach Jason Betram, has many other eighth-graders and younger players ready to step up for the Tigers.
“We are throwing a lot of new stuff at them so far, and they are putting the effort in for a successful season.” Coach Jason Bertram comments on his 2021 FMS Tigers.