1A Division I Has Some Interesting Teams to Watch
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We’ve looked at all the bigger classes for Teams to Watch. Now let’s turn our focus on 1A, starting with the Division I group: Returners: Elyria Christian The Eagles ran into Wichita Classical in the first round and took an…
We’ve looked at all the bigger classes for Teams to Watch. Now let’s turn our focus on 1A, starting with the Division I group:
The Eagles ran into Wichita Classical in the first round and took an early exit from the state tourney. But they come back loaded for a deeper run with starin the lead. He will be one of the best players in the small classes this year. He won’t have to do it alone. He will have seniors Johnny Unruh and Alex Robertson to rely on. The team has size, balance and experience.
The Leopards lost a few players from last season, but still they are loaded with seniors, and those seniors have good size.and Gage Burk are big forwards who do a lot of things. Conner Barriger will be a big asset. And watch for big man Logan Skillett to take it to the next level.
The Eagles probably belong in the “returners” category because of all their fine returners. But the big question will be, how will they adapt to the graduation of one of their best players in Seth LeClair. The Eagles were upset in the first round with LeClair. How will they fare without him? In his absence, the Eagles may lack size, though 6-foot-3 Drayden Reed will take up some of that slack. They do have slick guardsand Coy Steinbrock and versatile (pictured).
The Gorillas really missed their star junior guardfor much of the season. He broke his arm in the winter. But he was healed enough to win state golf in the spring, so hopefully he’ll be full go this winter. The team went just 10-11 but they gained a ton of experience making up for Coup’s absence. Carlos Duran was really good as a sophomore.
Olpe has been really good for so long, it’s hard to envision them not being atop the 1A pecking order. But you have to wonder if that can continue this season. They graduated eight players from last year’s tournament team. Can they find enough to fill the gaps? Watch for 6-foot-5 Blake Skalsky to head the returners.
After a thrilling run last spring, the Rebels return arguably the best player in the class in. But aside from senior Dominic Martin, there will have to be a new cast. They weren’t a deep team last year, and several seniors need to be replaced.