Reed City junior looking to key the Coyotes on the boards

REED CITY — Reed City junior Logan Straub and his Coyote teammates wouldn’t mind getting on a roll after entering this week at 7-5.

Straub has been a starter and among the key players for the Coyotes this season. Last week, Reed City beat Pine River and topped Tri County. The previous week, the Coyotes scored Central State Activities Association Gold Division wins over Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills.

Before that, the Coyotes fell to Grant and Big Rapids. After the Grant game, Straub cited the importance of retaining winning momentum in upcoming games.

“Shots weren’t falling,” Straub recalled. “I think we should have done a better job on the boards. Defensively, we needed to step it up in the second half.”

Straub was on the junior varsity last year and moved up halfway through the season. He indicated he has improved significantly.

“I’m more effective on the defensive side,” he said. “I’m looking to score whenever I can.”

Straub indicated his most effective shot is from beyond the arc. “You have to stay straight up, don’t fade away,” he said.

Although Reed City’s scoring picked up recently, the Coyotes struggled against Grant and hope to get the offense moving effectively.

“We need to get to the basket and rebound more on the offensive boards,” Straub said.

In rematches against teams like Grant and Big Rapids, the key, Straub acknowledged, “is physicality, rebounding, and getting to the basket.”

Straub said he wants to improve on finishing around the boards.

Friday night, the Coyotes are at Newaygo.

“Every game is a battle in the conference,” Straub said.