Barton set to play key role for Reed City basketball attack


REED CITY — Chris Barton is among the boys basketball players who could help Reed City’s boys basketball team in its quest to have a banner 2014-15 season.

He’s in his senior basketball season and at 6-foot 4-inches, will stand as among the tallest players on the team. It’s his second full year. He’s among the several basketball players coming off the recently completed football season.

Barton saw some action last season while starting behind Kyle Wright and saw action in about half the games. His role was usually rebounding and post defense.

“Last year, I was kind of nervous because of the transition to varsity,” he said. “This year, I have a lot more confidence.”

Barton was involved heavily in football, but also got in some summer basketball time.

“Once we got into August we pretty much cut basketball out (as football was starting),” Barton said.

Last week, during the Coyotes early preseason practices, Barton figured it would take “a couple of more weeks at least” to get into proper basketball mode.

“I think we’re capable of many things,” Barton said. “This year, we have a lot of athletes. We have a lot of good shooters.”

Without Wright in the lineup, “those are big shoes to fill,” he said. Getting the key offensive rebounds and putbacks will be key goals for Barton, who also hopes to assist the team in other areas.

It might take awhile to get into 100 percent basketball form, Barton admitted. “But we’ll get there,” he said.

The season opens Tuesday at Cadillac. The first home game is Dec. 12 with Tri County.

“Big Rapids will be a really tough game for us,” Barton said. “They have a lot of athletes. Newaygo is still going to be there, too. They’ll be pretty good. I haven’t heard much about Tri County and Grant because they’re new to our conference.”

Reed City plays at Newaygo Dec. 19 and at Big Rapids Jan.16.