REED CITY – Reed City’s boys basketball team has put its equipment away until summer practices, but there’s plenty to already look forward to for the 2017-18 season.

The Coyotes have eight juniors returning, plus sophomore Zac Saez, who all started or saw an extensive amount of playing time during the 12-9 season.

Among the returning juniors is Anthony Pelton, who was able to get in a full season after having to skip 2016-17 because of an injury from football.

Pelton had 12 points early in the season against Cadillac to give indication he could have a productive season. He later had eight points against Pine River.

‘We have not been playing to our potential lately,” he said after this game in late January after his team was 7-3. “We’re a very athletic team but have been playing down to other teams’ skill levels. Any team we play this season, if we put it all together… it takes teamwork. We’re inconsistent in our shooting. One night, we’ll make everything we put up. Another night, we can’t get anything to fall in. Once we get all that together, we’ll be a (strong) team.”

A few weeks later the Coyotes won at Big Rapids for probably their biggest highlight of the season. A disappointing note was a loss to Benzie Central in the district semifinals.

Pelton had a unique role on the court for the Coyotes.

“I’m mostly a rebounder and defensive player,” he said. “But I can put the ball in the bucket every once in awhile.”