Boys basketball teams tip off their practice seasons

REED CITY — Girls basketball teams tipped off their seasons last week. This week, it was the boys’ turn.

Area boys basketball teams have started their three-week practice preseasons gearing up for the regular seasons which start the second week in

December.

REED CITY 

The season starts at home for the Coyotes Dec. 10 against Cadillac with coach Dean McGuire back for his second season. Practices began Monday. A three-hour practice opened things up Monday. The first three days, if necessary, would be conducted for tryouts, McGuire indicated.

Reed City players were also active during the summer.

“We had a pretty good turnout this summer,” McGuire said.

The Coyotes scrimmage Fremont next week prior to Thanksgiving and also scrimmage McBain the following week. Key returning players include Chad Samuels, who started every game last year, plus Dean Eichenberg, Josh Saez and Kyle Wright. All four were also key players on the Reed City football team which was 10-1 for the third straight season.

EVART

Kris Morgan opened up practices for his third season as varsity coach at Evart. The Wildcats open their season home with Farwell Dec. 10.

There were scheduled to be tryouts this week. Morgan had 12 seniors and four juniors sign up for the roster. Several worked with Morgan during the summer.

“I have a lot of guys, I want to see who wants to be on the team this year,” Morgan said. “We’ll do conditioning. It’s a long season. The last thing I want is a team that doesn’t want to be there.”

Starters back from last season include Jacob Fortune, Jacob Hopkins and Jared Pattee.

PINE RIVER

Brian Goodenow is back for his second season as Pine River coach after leading the Bucks to a Highland Conference title and Class C district crown last year. Practices opened this week.

The season opens Dec. 10 with Harrison.

“We’ll have tryouts the first three days,” Goodenow said, while indicating he may not cut anyone. “I have only 11 guys coming out.”

Returning players include Brandon Hoaglund, Mitchell McDonald and Skyler Nelson. Lucas Harris also saw extensive playing time.