Preston Johnson sparks Coyotes

Preston Johnson (middle) gets ready for a rebound.
Preston Johnson (middle) gets ready for a rebound.

REED CITY — Preston Johnson has been making valuable contributions to the Reed City boys basketball team which has fired out to a 5-2 start.

He’s a junior who was moved up the last few games of last season. He saw a lot of varsity action during the offseason.

“We have to work better as a team,” he said. “We’re doing pretty good compared to last year. We’re playing together as a team and working together.”

The Coyotes were 4-17 last season but fired out to a 4-0 start in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division against strong teams like Fremont and Newaygo. The Coyotes also have more experience this season. They entered this week 5-2 in the league.

“I’m out there to rebound, and box out, all that stuff,” Johnson said. “Rebounding is a strength.”

Johnson is among the team’s taller players at 6-foot-4 inches.

“You have to box out, stay strong and be physical,” he said.

Johnson hopes to improve on his shooting.

Among the more impressive wins was against Fremont 57-30.

“We worked together and did the little things right,” Johnson said.

The Coyotes are at Newaygo on Friday.