2011-12 Record: 10-12
Conference Record: 5-3
Head Coach: Brant Deutsch
Years at Colman-Egan: 3
Assistant Coaches: Paul Clark, 2nd year; Russ May, 2nd year
After a heartbreaking loss to O-R-R in the district championship in 2011, the Colman-Egan boy’s basketball team will be looking to take that extra step in order to advance in 2012.
On paper, the Hawks should be a favorite in the region. They are returning six players that saw significant playing time on the varsity team a year ago including Keaton Westover, an All-Conference Honorable Mention recipient from a year ago.
Westover is one of CE’s top offensive threats and his height and athleticism makes him a nightmare for opposing teams to guard.
But possibly more important for the Hawks will be the return of Riley Clark. Clark is a three-year starter at the forward position and can be dominate down low with his strength. Clark is the most veteran player on the 2012 squad and his experience should help the Hawks in the long run.
Haiden Schmidt is another returning starter from last season. Schmidt brings a lot of speed to the Hawk offense – helping them push the pace late in games.
Matt Nelson was CE’s sixth man last year and will likely move into a starting role for them this year.
All four of these seniors have put in a lot of work in the gym and each has a fluid shot. Which brings to question, who will be their go-to scorer? The Hawks like to push the pace and shoot the ball, leading to quick possessions and can be susceptible to inconsistency. A problem that Head Coach Brant Deutsch thinks could be their downfall.
“We will need to work on getting consistency every time we step on the court.”
With all four of these guys having the ability to make shots from all over the court, the Hawks will have to find the hot hand and stick with it. The good news is it could be any one of their starters at any time – leading to some major match up problems for their opponents.
There are a few inexperienced players that could be a catalyst. Junior, Trenton Hemmer is an option at the guard position. He could be a solid option to dish the ball around to his teammates.
The Hawks have three other players at the forward position that could make a serious impact in 2012. Seniors, Tanner Acton and Dennis Park, along with junior, Ethan Roth, give the Hawks some options in the height department.
With the experience the Hawks have and the raw talent from some of their players, the team has high expectations for the 2012 season. Deutsch has set the goals high for them as well.
“Our goals as a team are to win the District Championship, Regions and make an appearance in the State Tournament.”
Assuming that O-R-R is the team they will have to go through again to get to regions, they will get a good look at the finished product late in the season. The Hawks will play plenty of playoff worthy teams early which should help them prepare for a long post-season run.
The Hawks will get their season underway at home on Friday night against Elkton-Lake Benton.