Tiger varsity boys bring experience to the court
With fall sports wrapped up, it is time to think about winter sports at Springfield HIgh School. Head Coach Lance Larson and Assistant Coaches Mike Vogel, Paul Arnoldi, Mark Buerkle and Adam Meyer began Tiger varsity boys basketball practice last week. With 14 returning players, the team will have a lot of experience on the court. The Tigers had a 29-3 overall record last year, taking first place in the Tomahawk Conference at 15-1 and capturing the North Sub-section and Section 2A championship titles.
This year’s captains are Seniors Decker Scheffler and Mitchell Buerkle. Returning key players will be starters Decker Scheffler, 6’3 Senior Guard; Mitchell Buerkle, 6’3 Senior Forward; and Nolan Hovland, 6’0 Senior Guard. According to Head Coach Larson, “The rest of our rotation will be filled out by Ivan Hovland, 6’0 Senior Forward; Jake Rosenstengel, 6’3 Senior Forward; Mason Kretsch, 5’10 Senior Guard; and Curtis Tauer, 6’2 Senior Forward who were all in the rotation last year and will be looking to fill the starting positions and fill out our rotation along with returning players Dylan Rubey, Brody Sturm, Noah Richert, Sylvan Tauer, Mason Leonard, Ryan Vogel and Dylan Batzlaff.”
Top teams to look for in the Tomahawk Conference this season will be Minnesota Valley Lutheran (MVL), New Ulm Cathedral (NUC) and Springfield. Top competitors in the Sub-section will be Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (WEM), Mountain Lake and Springfield and in Section 2A will be BOLD, Mayer Lutheran, NUC, WEM, Mountain Lake and Springfield.
Coach Larson commented, “We are deep and we return seven of our top nine players from last year’s team so we have some good experience.” Scoring, rebounding and consistent shooting will be some things the team will work on this season. “We lost a five-year starter and quite a bit of scoring and rebounding that we will have to fill from a few different guys that will step up for us this year. Consistent shooting may also be something we will have to work on,” Larson stated.
The Tigers open their season on Tuesday, December 3 when they will host the Red Rock Central Falcons at Springfield High School.
This season’s team goals remain the same as last season—compete for the conference and section championships and try to make it back to the state tournament.