Reed City basketball coach happy with his team’s summer work

REED CITY — Reed City boys basketball coach Dean McGuire likes the progress his team made in recent weeks during the summer program.

Almost all of his players, including Mykel Dillard, Andre Jones and Taylor Pelton, are all on the football team, and McGuire said they basically put the basketball away to let the athletes focus on the gridiron.

“We’ll have a few open gyms,” McGuire said. “It’s not mandatory, obviously nothing in the summer is. But not much now. It’s football.”

But earlier in the summer, the Coyotes were extremely busy with the basketball.

“We went to Ferris for a weekend, went to Clare, went to Cadillac and went to Traverse City,” McGuire said, referring to scrimmages. “The goal for us is we’re going to be ... we lost our starting point guard in Nolan Patterson, we lost our starting center with Chris Barton, so we’re figuring out where the pieces will fit this year and who’s going to do what.”

The Coyotes, who will be defending Class B district champions, were able get these things accomplished, McGuire indicated.

“Overall, I think things went pretty well,” McGuire said. “I’m optimistic about our team this year. I’m excited about the freshmen we have coming in to help our JV team. We’re looking forward to a fun winter.”

McGuire worked with varsity and JV players.

“We had a pretty good turnout this summer,” McGuire said. “We like what we do. We go to Ferris and see some tough teams we don’t normally see. We go over to Clare and see some teams more east of us that we don’t see very often. Cadillac is a team we see a lot, but they’re close and convenient and do a nice job of putting their (scrimmage) on.

“At Traverse City, we play some very good schools.”

McGuire said he’s “pretty sure” every player he will have on the varsity level this season will be in football.

Correction: Last week’s Herald-Review had the wrong first name for Taylor Pelton. The Herald Review apologizes for the error.