Evart boys start season Monday; girls open against Lakeview
EVART — New Evart coach Kris Morgan has his Wildcat boys basketball team on the move as it gets ready for the season opener Monday at home against Farwell.
The Wildcats’ second game is also a non-league home battle on Dec. 12 against Coleman.
Morgan took over the program in late October after previous coach Matt Alexander accepted a teaching job in Clare.
“I think we’re pretty good,” Morgan said. “Our offense is coming along. This is a good group.”
Morgan has been making some changes with the Evart offense.
“In the past, it was a flex offense,” he said, adding that with the new offense, “you can run it in different ways. The potential creates a lot of backdoor stuff and a lot of movement.”
Key returning players for the Wildcats include Preston Boyd, Jesse Lang and brothers Devon and Jarek VanOrder.
Evart was expected to play Big Rapids Crossroads in a scrimmage this week to get ready for the season tipoff.
“I’ll watch the offense,” Morgan said. “I worry about our defense. I worry about a lot of things. But if we play good defense, the little things will come out of that.”
Evart’s girls opened their season Tuesday at Lakeview and have a home game Friday against Chippewa Hills. They are home Dec. 7 with Vestaburg.
“We played Chip Hills a little bit this summer,” said Evart coach Larry Brown. “I know Chip Hills has the size. My kids are ready to get after it.”
Brown has six seniors and two juniors.
“All six seniors played last year, four of them started at times for me,” he said. “We bring back a lot of experience as far as that goes.”
Saige Nabozny is a junior guard who could play a key factor for the Wildcats.
“I think she’ll do a fine job as she gets more experience,” Brown said.
Chelsey Bengry, Kortney Dennis, Magdalen Hyde and Haley Moore are key senior returnees for Evart.
“They have a lot of experience, Brown said, adding that seniors Ashlie Hoffmeyer and Kylie Yesh “played a lot for us too.”
Lydia Wetters is the other junior.
With only eight seniors, Brown acknowledged that staying out of foul trouble will be critical.