REED CITY — Derek Lodholtz and his Reed City Coyotes are at 3-0 for the boys basketball season and obviously are hoping to keep the ball rolling when the season resumes in early January.

“We’ve been coming out and playing hard,” Lodholtz said. “We know there are things we can work on to be better. Every team has that. We need to keep control of the ball and make smart choices. We’re working hard, we’re getting better at it.”

0f the three victories, Lodholtz suggested the season opener win over Cadillac, a Class B state semifinalist from a year ago, might have been the most impressive win so far.

Lodholtz is a senior in his second varsity season.

“I think I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “Last year, I didn’t get much playing time. But I’m a starter this year. I think that speaks for itself.”

Getting rebounds and putbacks are among Lodholtz’s major roles, along with defense

“I feel like I’m playing pretty good,” he said. “I feel I had a little downspot against Morley. I got into foul trouble.”

A scheduled road game Dec. 20 at Newaygo was postponed because of the weather until next month. Reed City’s next game is Jan.7 at home with Lakeview.

“I think we’re pretty athletic as a team, overall,” Lodholtz said. “From the first person to the last person, I think we’re pretty athletic.”

To keep the success going, “we have to keep our intensity in practice and get better,” Lodholtz said, pointing to some teams that could be CSAA contenders. “Big Rapids is a rivalry. Chip (Hills) always puts together a good team.”