BBall Osage vs. Charles City 14

Osage's Lucas Schwamman, left, grabs a rebound over Charles City's Cade Hemesath during a game last season.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

ALGONA BULLDOGS

Coach: Noel McLaughlin is in his 13th season.

2016-17 record: 8-14 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Spencer Holmes, jr., F. Spencer Nelson, jr., G. Collin Sexton, sr., F. Trevor Bormann, sr., G.

Other contributors: Jacob Durant, jr., Trey Engen, jr., Matt Grein, jr., Skyler Groen, jr., Collin Bleich, soph., Jason Cecil, soph., Wyatt Wegener, soph.

Coach’s comments: “We have a young team of good basketball players. We are excited to see what our group can do. We feel we have the athletes to compete with anyone in our league.”

BELMOND-KLEMME BRONCOS

2016-17 record: 4-17 overall.

Key returnees: Kaden Nickell, soph., Francisco Gonzalez, soph., Kyle Watne, sr., Koty Kuhlers, jr., Jayden Lane, jr., Easton Barrus, jr., Dylan Anderson, soph., Caleb Sturgeon, jr.

BISHOP GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS

2016-17 record: 14-9 overall.

Key returnees: Brad Capesius, jr., John Meis, jr., Cade Winkel, soph., TJ Schnurr, jr., John Capesius, jr.

CAL CADETS

2016-17 record: 5-17 overall.

Key returnees: Ben Rapp, sr., Brock Guerrero, sr., Luke Rapp, sr., Sergio Martinez, soph., Eduardo Gomez, soph., Andrew Bell, soph., Nate Rapp, jr., Graham Patrick, jr., Marco Lerma, jr., Nick Turner, soph., Johnathon Aalfs, jr., Cody Turner, soph.

CENTRAL SPRINGS

2016-17 record: 1-20 overall.

Key returnees: Trevor Eidenmiller, sr., Dylan Kisner, jr., Cayden Kelley, soph., Treyjen Wilson, jr., Mason Hanft, soph., Justin Florea, jr., Matt Dirksen, jr., Trevor Hall, jr.

CHARLES CITY COMETS

Coach: Ben Klapperich is in his second season.

2016-17 record: 15-7 overall, Northeast Iowa Conference runner-up.

Returning letterwinners: Cade Hemesath, sr., PF. Jackson Molstead, jr., PG. Noah Schlader, sr., G. Mike Cranshaw, sr., G. Hakeem Sharief, sr., G.

Coach’s comments: “We grew as a team last year, and we look to continue to build on that with a good majority of our guys back.”

CLEAR LAKE LIONS

Coach: Jeremey Ainley is in his fourth season.

2016-17 record: 13-9 overall. North Central Conference runner-up.

Returning letterwinners: Nick Danielson, soph., G. Hunter Gerhardt, sr., F. Zach Lester, sr., G. Drew Enke, jr., G. Ryan Thomas, soph., F. Jaylen DeVries, soph., F. Sean Wendel, sr., F. Jared Penning, jr., F. Alex Snelling, jr., F.

Coach’s comments: “We should be able to compete in our league.”

FOREST CITY INDIANS

Coach: Dan Rosacker is in his 17th season.

2016-17 record: 19-5 overall. district champion.

Returning letterwinners: Sam Snyder, sr., P. Grady Hovenga, sr., G. Chris Jermeland, sr., F. Ryan Theel, sr., G. Avery Busta, jr., G. Micah Lambert, jr., G.

Other contributors: Zach Miller, sr., G. Noah Miller, fr., G.

Coach’s comments: “We return five starters from a 19-5 season. Experience, size, and athleticism will be positives. Adding depth and improved shooting will be important.”

GARNER-HAYFIELD-VENTURA CARDINALS

Coach: Joe Albertson is in his 11th season.

2016-17 record: 23-2 overall. Top of Iowa Conference West Division champion, Class 2A state qualifier.

Returning letterwinners: Nick Joynt, sr., G. Ryan Meyers, sr., G. Connor Burke, sr., G. James Betz, jr., F. Jared Graham, jr., G.

Other contributors: Colton Schroeder, sr., G. Matthew Heinemann sr., G. Jonah Albertson, sr., G. Ray Cataldo, sr., G.

Coach’s comments: “We have good players returning and good depth. As soon as we develop chemistry, we should a tough team.”

HAMPTON-DUMONT BULLDOGS

2016-17 record: 0-22 overall.

Key returnees: Cesar Damas, sr., Brandon Ho, soph., Jacob Van Horn, jr., Wyatt Sutter, soph., Riley Flint, jr., Max Aalbers, sr., Joe Vondra, sr., Logan Gooder, sr.

LAKE MILLS BULLDOGS

2016-17 record: 14-9 overall.

Key returnees: Trevor Hanna, sr., Colby Groe, soph., Grant Fjelstad, sr., Nick Raaen, sr., Tommy Kaktis, jr., Jace Johnson, jr., Brady Heagel, sr., Chett Helming, soph., Anthony Naser, sr.

MASON CITY MOHAWKS

Coach: Nick Trask is in his fourth season.

2016-17 record: 12-11 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Jordan Brown, sr., G. Brandon Hewett, sr., G. Danny Kamm, sr., F. Dylan Miller, jr., G. Ben Pappas, sr., F. Jake Rood, sr., F. Ryan Smuck, sr., F.

Coach’s comments: “We have a great group of boys who have put in a tremendous amount of off-season work. We have many players who want to prove they are ready.”

NASHUA-PLAINFIELD HUSKIES

2016-17 record: 7-16 overall.

Key returnees: Isaac Chambers, jr., Levi Linder, jr., Luke Cerwinske, jr., Caleb Lines, sr., Mitchell Malven, sr., Blaine Bilharz, jr., Travon Adams, sr., Dayton Hansen, sr., Chance Torres, jr., Dawson Schmitt, sr.

NEWMAN CATHOLIC KNIGHTS

Coach: Jerry Gatton is in his first year as head coach.

2016-17 record: 15-8 overall.

Key returnees: Justin Fausnaugh, sr., Joe Scholl, sr., Josh Fitzgerald, jr., Jacob Schutt, jr., Austin Eckenrod, sr., Brady Gatton, jr., Ian Holmgaard, sr., Jared Bock, sr.

NORTH BUTLER BEARCATS

2016-17 record: 7-14 overall.

Key returnees: Sam Dolan, sr., Dylan Clipperton, sr., Kendrick Miller, sr., Rhett Lammers, jr., Tayte Anderson, sr., Levi Lubben, jr., Brandon Reiher, jr., Chase Eiklenborg, jr., Jared Feldman, sr., Nick Heuer, jr., Eric Brehmer, soph.

NORTH IOWA BISON

2016-17 record: 4-19 overall.

Key returnees: Jordan Boekleman, sr., Isaiah Walk, jr., Nathan Beenken, sr., Damon Olson, sr., Taylor Baumann, sr.

NORTHWOOD-KENSETT VIKINGS

2016-17 record: 2-20 overall.

Key returnees: Josh Fick, jr., Trey Waldermar, jr., Josh Jaspers, sr., Kole Parks, sr., Nathan Cordle, jr., Mike Waller, sr., Marquise Berry, jr., Ross DeArmoun, soph., Aaron Stoneking, sr., Colton Moretz, sr., AJ Branstad, sr.

OSAGE GREEN DEVILS

Coach: Mike Brahn is in his fourth season.

2016-17 record: 22-2 overall. Top of Iowa East Division champion.

Returning letterwinners: Drew Olson, sr., PG. Lucas Schwamman, sr., F. Nathan Bushbaum, sr., G. Colin Klapperich, sr., F. Dylan Aschenbrenner, sr., P. Brett Bobinet, jr., G.

Other contributors: Josh Berge, sr., P. Jacob Brougher, jr., F. Elijah Bluhm, soph., G. Jonah Bluhm, soph., F.

Coach’s comments: “We return a strong core of players who have a lot of big game experience. We will need some younger players from a very athletic sophomore class to take that next step.”

RICEVILLE WILDCATS

Coach: Bret Brincks is in his first season as head coach.

2016-17 record: 7-15 overall.

Returning letterwinners: John Miller, sr., G. Grant Shedenhelm, sr., G. Spencer Kuhn, sr., F. Cole Hale, sr., G.

Other contributors: Tyrese Simmons, sr., Sully Fair, soph., Ryan Larson, jr., Kaleb Asfahl, jr., Dylan Orth, jr.

Coach’s comments: “We have seven seniors, four of which are returning starters. We will be a very small team without a lot of size in the post.”

ROCKFORD WARRIORS

2016-17 record: 13-9 overall.

Key returnees: Andrew Longcor, sr., Jake Staudt, jr., Zach Bushbaum, sr., Alex Schriever, sr., Max Rooney, jr., Wes Johnson, sr., Kaden Lyman, jr., Tanner Grady, sr., Jared Marth, jr., Matt Schubert, soph.

ST. ANSGAR SAINTS

Coach: Jason Squier is in his sixth season.

2016-17 record: 16-8 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Nicholas Bork, sr., F. Collin Kramer, jr., F. Ethan Kirchgatter, jr., G.

Other contributors: Jack Sievert, soph., G/F. Erik Gerdts, soph., G.

Coach’s comments: “We had a large group of seniors graduate, so we have a lot spots to fill, but we have players returning with experience who are willing to work hard to step up.”

WEST FORK WARHAWKS

2016-17 record: 19-6 overall.

Key returnees: Thomas Nuehring, sr., Zach Martinek, jr., Mitchell Halloran, jr., Lukas Wogen, jr., Kyle Rooney, jr., Ian Latham, soph., Conner Schultz, sr., Nathan Meinders, sr.

WEST HANCOCK EAGLES

Coach: Brian Peterson is in his 10th season.

2016-17 record: 19-7 overall. Class 1A state qualifier for the third consecutive season.

Returning letterwinners: Chase Eisenman, sr., PG. MaCoy Yeakel, sr., G. Gavin Becker, jr., SG. Lucas Weiland, jr., SG.

Other contributors: Joe Smith, soph., F. Tristan Hunt, soph., C. Brayden Leerar, soph., G. Brody Cox, soph., F.

Coach’s comments: “We are looking for a bunch of guys to step up their games after losing 90% of all statistical categories from last year. We will be better toward the end of the year.”

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