boys high school hoops preview

November 23, 2004

Area boys high school basketball preview

Compiled by Mike Marsee


Coach: Ronnie Bottoms

Record: First year2003-04: 13-14

Top Returnees

Smith Ahnquist, 6-1 Sr.

Clay Carter, 6-2 Jr.

Greg Peck, 6-1 Sr.

Daniel Potts, 5-9 Sr.


Scott Singleton, 5-10 Jr.

Brian Staed, 6-9 Jr.

Seth Tamme, 6-0 Jr.

He may only be an interim coach, but there are few people with better knowledge of Boyle County's personnel than Ronnie Bottoms.

As the longtime coach at Boyle's middle school, Bottoms coached almost everyone on the roster, and he continued to follow their progress after they reached high school.

"I've been able to watch them mature the last three or four years," he said. "We've got a great handle on what we've got and what kind of system we can put in."

The Rebels' biggest attraction is Brian Staed, the area's tallest player at 6-9 and one whom Bottoms said has gotten stronger both in the weight room and on the court.

"You'll definitely see an improvement in his game," Bottoms said.

The four-man senior class is led by David White, who returns as the primary ball-handler, and also includes forwards Smith Ahnquist and Greg Peck and guard Daniel Potts.

Bottoms called sophomore Clay Carter "one of the best-kept secrets in the region," and said he'll likely be the leading scorer. Junior Scott Singleton will be another shooting threat, and junior Seth Tamme adds to the offensive punch.

Senior Chad Terrell returns after a year away from the school.


Coach: Don Irvine

Record: 44-56 (4 years) 2003-04: 11-15

Top Returnees

Daniel Howard, 6-0 Jr.

Daniel Loane, 6-0 So.

Shayne Trayner, 5-11 Sr.

Don Irvine has been bracing himself since last spring, when four senior starters who were the focal point of his team for two seasons played their final game.

But now the Bulldogs' coach is facing the reality of what his team lost. And what's left.

Burgin isn't completely devoid of experience, but there isn't much left in the cupboard.

The only returning starter is junior guard Daniel Howard, who scored less than five points per game last season but now will be expected to become an offensive threat.

Senior guard Shane Trayner also returns to the squad after seeing his junior season cut short by a thumb injury that required surgery.

Sophomore forward Daniel Loane was Burgin's first option off the bench last season, and now he's one of the team's tallest players at only 6-0. Sophomore guard Jordan Darland and freshman guard Josh Carey are the only other Bulldogs who played meaningful minutes at the varsity level.


Coach: Perry Walters

Record: First year2003-04: 8-20

Top Returnees

Ben Barlow, 6-0 Sr.

Andie Cannon, 5-9 Jr.

Corey Dial, 5-10 Jr.

Charlie Fox, 6-2 Sr.

Keith Price, 6-7 So.

Derek Stephens, 6-4 Sr.

The Rebels are on the run again.

The team that billed itself as the Runnin' Rebels a few years ago is picking up the pace again under first-year coach Perry Walters, a former Casey assistant who said his goal is to create more shots.

"We're going to try to speed things up," Walters said. "We'd like to get 70, 80, 90 shots a game. They're working much harder, because they're having to adjust to a faster pace of game."

On offense, the Rebels will rely heavily on sophomore center Keith Price, who has grown 11/2 inches since last season.

"He's going to have to be our first look," Walters said. "He can be a load, but he has to do that night in and night out. And we've got to remember he's still a sophomore, he's still just 15 years old."

As for Casey's three seniors, Walters said Ben Barlow has emerged as a tremendous leader for the team; Charlie Fox, traditionally a wing player, will be asked to play power forward at times; and Derek Stephens, who has grown from 5-10 to 6-4 in just over two years, has been "a huge surprise" in the preseason.

Casey has four capable wing shooters in juniors Andie Cannon and Corey Dial and sophomores Will Johnson and Dustun Vest, and Walters said any of those four plus sophomore Casey Coppage could play point guard, a position where no one has distanced himself from the field.


Coach: Craig Pippen

Record: 18-33 (2 years) 2003-04: 11-16

Top Returnees

Darius Baughman, 6-3 Jr.

Steven Gray, 6-4 Sr.

Jeffery Guest, 5-10 So.

Ronnie Hawkins, 5-11 Sr.

Chase Overstreet, 6-0 So.

The Admirals don't have everything, but in what figures to be a balanced 45th District, they just might have the size, depth and experience to warrant an edge over the rest of the field.

"It's going to be exciting to coach this group," coach Craig Pippen said. "They're willing to show up on a daily basis and work hard for you. I think we're going to continue to grow as a program and move in the right direction."

The size will be provided by senior Steven Gray, who will be Danville's primary force around the basket, and junior Darius Baughman, who prefers to play away from the goal.

They return as starters along with senior guard Ronnie Hawkins, and they'll get help from a strong sophomore class that includes guards Chase Overstreet, Daylen Morris and Jeffrey Guest.

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