By Dana Harding (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Final season proved to be one other profitable marketing campaign for Honest Grove and second-year head coach Cale Ramsey.
The Eagles completed with a 22-8 report and captured this system’s third district title prior to now 5 years earlier than falling to Blair Oaks within the Class 3 quarterfinal spherical.
“We had a terrific season final yr,” Ramsey stated. “I had an excellent group of seniors that have been motivated to win. They got here to follow every single day with a mindset that they have been going to depart the gymnasium higher right this moment than they have been yesterday.”
These graduated seniors embrace David Oplotnik, Cole Gilpin, Dominik Hoskins, Ambrose Broyles and Darin Oplotnik.
David Oplotnik and Gilpin every acquired all Mid-Lakes convention and all-district honors, whereas Broyles was named to the all-conference workforce.
David Oplotnik additionally was named to the Class 3 all-state workforce.
“David is a child that might be onerous to exchange, his management and work ethic are going to be vastly missed,” Ramsey stated. “His drive to be higher, and to make everybody round him higher, are expertise that can’t be coached. David was an all-state basketball participant for good cause.”
Whereas commencement losses are by no means straightforward to exchange, Honest Grove does return a proficient group able to proceed the college’s wealthy custom.
Ryan Berry (JR, 6-foot-3, 8.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg)
“Ryan is a stable athlete that retains including new components to his recreation yearly that makes him powerful to defend,” Ramsey stated. “He loves the sport of basketball and continues to get higher yr after yr.”
Devin Carroll (JR, 6-foot-4)
“Devin is likely one of the hardest working children we’ve,” Ramsey stated. “He’ll actually need to step up and fill massive sneakers for us on the offensive finish. I feel his power and size will give some defenders issues.”
Logan Daniels (JR, 5-foot-10)
“Logan is a very good participant on each ends of the ground,” Ramsey stated. “He strikes very well with out the ball in our offense and shoots a excessive share from the sector. On the defensive finish, Logan is our greatest on-ball defender.”
Kody Stacye (JR, 6-foot-3)
“Kody performed massive minutes for us final yr on the varsity workforce,” Ramsey stated. “Kody is a tricky child that takes on any challenges thrown his approach. I’m on the lookout for Kody to have a breakout yr.”
Josh Orr (JR, 6-foot-4)
“Josh is an extended and prolonged athlete,” Ramsey stated. “He has proven a bunch of enchancment already from final yr. I imagine Josh might be our X consider a variety of video games this yr.”
With a number of open spots on the roster, alternatives exist for varsity newcomers to step in and make rapid impacts.
Ramsey expects sophomore Jaxon Rowden, sophomore Garin Geitz and junior Tyler Padgett to compete for varsity minutes this season.
“We’re going to be a younger and inexperienced workforce on the varsity degree, nonetheless, we’ve an excellent group of youngsters coming in which can be hungry and excited to step into their new roles,” Ramsey stated. “Now we have been a tricky workforce defensively during the last couple years and that can’t change for us to achieve success once more this yr.”
Ramsey believes his workforce’s potential will depend upon how rapidly issues gel on the defensive finish of the court docket. With so many new faces moving into new roles, workforce chemistry might take a while to develop.
“Our largest power over the previous couple years has been our potential to make it powerful on our opponents to attain,” Ramsey stated. “That can’t change this yr if we wish to achieve success. We might be tremendous on the offensive finish — we’ve guys that see the ground properly and may rating from throughout — however we must get everybody to purchase in defensively for us to achieve success.”
Honest Grove opens its season Nov. 30 within the Intelligent Invitational Event.