Reed City ready to take on new challenges this season
REED CITY -- New Reed City boys basketball coach Dean McGuire is getting his team ready for a season that will open Dec. 4 at Cadillac.
The Coyotes will also open their Central State Activities Association season on Dec. 6 at Big Rapids and have their first home game Dec. 10 with Morley Stanwood.
The Cadillac game is a non-league contest. In fact, the regular season ends at home against Fremont Feb. 26. In-between are 18 CSAA games including two with new league member Newaygo.
McGuire takes over for Jesse Kailing, who resigned at the end of the 2011-12 season. McGuire took the job prior to the start of summer and was able to work with his team during the summer program.
McGuire said “a lot” was accomplished during the summer.
“Coaches Kailing and (Brian Koopman) did a good job,” he said of his predecessors. “We’re changing things and that will be a long process.”
McGuire noted that changes will include “the way we press the ball which will be different,” along with other aspects of Reed City’s game on the court.
The Coyotes had a scrimmage set for Tuesday of this week and also next Monday at McBain. The Coyotes will have 10 players on the varsity and about 16 on the junior varsity. There is no freshman team set for this season.
Reed City has two returning starters with Chad Samuels and Ryan Willis. Other returnees are Garrett Benson and Jacob Vincent and the rest of the players are new. Among the key graduates from last year’s team were Jared Holmquist and Dakota Saez.
Willis, in his second varsity season, said the Coyote players are ready to take on some new challenges. He’s looking forward to helping the Coyotes in various phases of the game including rebounding and boxing out.
“I like being physical,” said Willis, who, along with Samuels, Benson and Vincent is coming off from a football team that had its second straight 9-0 season. “We lost quite a lot with Jared and Dakota gone. We have kids that are stepping up. It will be a challenge.”