Hoping to start … STRONG

Reed City senior Jared Holmquist likes team’s potential despite injury to Sims

REED CITY — Jared Holmquist has had two strong seasons for the Reed City Coyotes.

But he’s hoping his senior campaign will be his best.

Reed City will tip off next Tuesday at home with Cadillac. The Central State Activities Association season begins at Big Rapids on Dec. 9.

Holmquist had a busy offseason.

“I played about 50 games this summer through AAU and then with our (Reed City) summer basketball stuff,” he said. “This year I play in two (AAU teams) instead of one so I was playing almost every weekend. I just wanted to play games. My one team was really good. Almost all of the players are going Division I. Our coach was coach (Tim) McCormick, who used to play in the NBA. That was good.”

Holmquist said he was able to improve all-around.

The Coyotes were district finalists a year ago. Holmquist said he likes the potential for this season although the uncertainty of Trent Sims’ season could have impact. Sims injured his shoulder during the football playoffs and his status is unknown.

“Dakota Saez is pretty good and Chad Samuels worked hard during the offseason,” Holmquist said of some of the returning players. “We need to play great D. We should have skill to score points. I think if we play good defense, we should do pretty well. We should have a good chance of this being our best season.”

Holmquist is looking to have the best of his three varsity seasons.

“I’m a lot stronger than I was last year,” he said.

The Coyotes have had a busy preseason in getting ready for the 2011-12 campaign.

“We kept seven juniors so we covered some things there,” Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. “But overall, we look pretty good. We had a scrimmage against Fremont last week. Overall, it went well.”

The biggest adjustment this time of year, Kailing said, is “getting their basketball legs under them. It’s been awhile since they played from the summer time.”

It’s a tough week to start out, Kailing acknowledged, looking at challenge of playing Cadillac and Big Rapids back-to-back.

“Why not?” he smiled.