BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
Can they keep up a several-year streak of winning seasons?
That’s a question Boyne City High School Varsity Basketball Coach Nick Redman is eager to answer as his boys head into competition this week.
“We’re going to be pretty young and inexperienced with only three seniors—two who had any real playing time at the varsity level—but they have shown good attitude and effort so far and are working hard,” said Redman.
The team’s depth is similar to last year.
But, whether they can come close to last season’s 14 wins and district championship remains to be seen.
“I’m very excited and curious to see which young guys are going to step up,” Redman said. “I think the key is going to be developing a good bench—that will help us throughout the season.”
The Ramblers opened their season on Monday Dec. 5 at home against Jo-Burg Lewiston.
Their next game is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 13 against Grayling.
Redman, a 15-year coaching veteran who has been working with kids at the varsity level for going on eight years, said he looks forward to local rivals East Jordan and Charlevoix, and contends that Grayling and St. Francis could be two of the tougher teams they’ll face this season.
“We’ll be working every day at getting better and hopefully improve throughout the year and peak at the end of the season—and, that pretty much is all you can ask of the kids,” Redman said. “The kids have been working really hard and I’m excited to get going and have some fun.”
Redman’s only returning starter Mason Gardner may feel the pressure bearing down to continue a tradition of winning which has earned Boyne City 54 game wins over the last few years.
Still, Redman said, he is looking to his four captains—Eric Carson, Dominik Archey, Kane McPherson and Gardner—to get things done.
“The last few years, we have had a ton of success,” Redman said. “We’ve had good leadership from them so far and I think they’re pretty hungry and want to get out there and compete.”