Reed City boys basketball team hopes to be in the CSAA mix this year

REED CITY — Dean McGuire enters his second season as Reed City boys varsity basketball coach as the Coyotes get set to tip off next Tuesday in non-league action at Cadillac.

The Coyotes were 12-10 last winter.

“I was a little disappointed overall,” McGuire said. “Lakeview got us twice last year. It came down to the last possession. Those were two tough losses. Big Rapids was obviously very good last year. They got us all three times. Newaygo played real good tight games. Those were pretty tough. That’s seven losses right there.

“We opened with Cadillac which was in the quarters with Big Rapids. Then there’s Fremont.”

The Coyotes graduated starters Ryan Willis and Jake Vincent from last season. Josh Saez and Chad Samuels are back for the starting lineup. Dean Eichenberg and Kyle Wright are two returnees that saw some starting time last season.

“We’re excited about the season,” McGuire said. “We have lot of work to do, for sure. There’s a lot of good teams like Lakeview, returning everybody. People are crazy to overlook Big Rapids. They’re bringing back the top-voter getter for all-conference (Quinn Tyson). They’ll be just fine. Lakeview is going to be good. Morley Stanwood has one of the best point guards in our area in Tim Cairnduff. Chippewa Hills will be very athletic.

“Central Montcalm had, I believe, six sophomores playing with them last year so they’ll be improved. Hesperia had a freshman point guard that was really good. I think it will be Big Rapids, Reed City, Newaygo, Lakeview and Chip Hills. Central Montcalm and Morley Stanwood will surprise people.”

The Coyotes will have a team with a lot of interchangeable parts, McGuire indicated.

“We have multiple guys that can play multiple positions,” he said. “We’re not big but we’re not small. I think we have a little bit of length to us. We’re not tall, but depending on what we have out there, we have some 6-foot guards. I think we have some flexibility.”

Eichenberg, Wright and Derek Ludholtz could be among the top rebounders for the Coyotes.

McGuire expects a tough opener with Cadillac. “They run a tough man-to-man defense and a motion offense which is tough to guard,” he said. “So we’re working on man-to-man defense and getting through screens.”