Reed City senior eager for sucess on the basketball court

REED CITY — Dean Eichenberg and his Reed City football team recently finished their season at 10-1. Now that Eichenberg is on the basketball court, he wouldn’t mind enjoying similiar success during the winter.

The boys basketball practice season started last week. Games begin the second week of December.

Eichenberg said the transition from football to basketball can take about a good solid week.

“I took it easy (two weeks ago),” he said. “I went to the rec center and played a little bit of basketball and tried to get back in the groove.”

A week of practice should take away the football body and make him ready for basketball, Eichenberg indicated.

This is his second varsity season.

Last year, “we had a lot of hustle,” he said. “I think we have even more this year. We’re more focused. For being the first year of coaching (with Dean McGuire), it was a good year.”

Eichenberg figures on playing the two-guard and also being at the three-spot. Shooting will be a main thing for Eichenberg, especially from outside.

“We have a lot of good shooters,” he said, adding that confidence will be a key in that area. “I didn’t have it last year. I have more of it this year.”

Eichenberg expects the Coyotes to be more of a run-and-gun type of team.

“We lost some (players from last year) and we’ve got some,” he said. “We hustle a lot.”

Eichenberg expects a good record while pointing to Big Rapids and Cadillac as being the toughest teams the Coyotes will see.

“We have to have fun and go out and play our hearts out,” he said.