Evart senior: Boys team will earn key victories

EVART -- Jake McKinstry is one of the players the Evart boys basketball team will be counting upon for key leadership support this season.

McKinstry was encouraged with his team’s 64-50 over Farwell in the season opener last week.

McKinstry is in his senior season and second varsity year. When he’s on the court, he’s usually in the role of a shooting guard, similar to last year although he’s seeing more playing time.

Key players like Preston Boyd, Jesse Lang and Jarek VanOrder graduated from last year’s team.

“We lost some size from last year,” McKinstry said. “But we have a bunch of juniors, that  are good guards and some power forwards. We’re very athletic this year.”

McKinstry indicated his strengths include shooting, seeing the floor, plus dribbling. He’s working on his quickness and his defense.

“I need to make sure my guy (he’s guarding) always has a tough shot and is helping with our defense.”

Breaking a full-court press and limiting turnovers remain key team goals, McKinstry said.

Coach Kris Morgan is in his second year as coach.

“Our second year with this offense it’s really helped,” McKinstry said. “A lot of us are returning from last year.”

Looking ahead, “we can definitely compete for conference,” McKinstry said, “and win a district championship. Those are our goals. We need to play good-team defense and not settling and running through our offense real well.”

Having a fast start this season will be critical.

The Wildcats are 1-2 after losses to Boyne City and Coleman. They play Dec. 18 at Manistee.