EVART -- Haidyn Simmer is merely a sophomore but continues to make major contributions for Evart's boys basketball team.

The Wildcats are off to a 1-3 start and Simmer has been among the team's top contributors.

Simmer impressed coach Kris Morgan last season and will be expected to do more this year.

"Haidyn Simmer is a sophomore and two-year varsity player who is a great shooter and has high basketball IQ," Morgan said.

The Wildcats had an impressive effort despite a 70-56 loss to Pine River prior to the break.

"We played pretty solid, but at the end we got a little gassed," Simmer said, adding his team wasn't able to put together four full quarters against a strong Bucks' team. "We couldn't keep up in the fourth."

The Wildcats are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Highland. They won their first game prior to the break, 60-50 over Harrison.

Senior Donavin Reagan continues to make key contributions for the Wildcats.

"We played hard but that first half killed us a little bit," Reagan said. "We picked up the pace but we kept swinging the ball to open men but (couldn't hit it)."

Reagan scored 11 against Pine River and had 13 against Harrison.

"Hit the boards and push the ball up the court" is the role Reagan said is expected of him this season. He indicated he's improved on boxing out and is trying get better on shooting.

"He's a senior three-year varsity player who can do it all: score, rebound and defend," Morgan said.

The Wildcats will be at Farwell on Jan. 7 and home on Jan. 10 against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

"We can do pretty good," Reagan said. "If we work on the offense and run it through. and go to the hole, we'll be OK."