Reed City will open boys basketball season with several new looks

REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes have several new looks as they get ready for the 2016-17 boys basketball season.

Reed City alum JJ Eads, who had coached girls basketball the past several years at Crossroads, has replaced Dean McGuire and will open the season Tuesday at Cadillac in nonleague action.

Only three Coyotes return from last season with seniors Brandon Evans and Trent Sturgell, and junior Karsten Koopman. Logan Straub, who had played extensively last season, has chosen not to come out for his senior year.

Reed City’s football season went through the second week in November and delayed the start of basketball practices by a few days.

Overall, Eads will have a young team and is coming off the Thanksgiving break. He has 13 players.

“Sturgell is looking pretty solid,” Eads said. “With Evans and Koopman, those are the three that saw some action last year.’

Eads expects Cody Kailing, a sophomore to help the team at guard and forward.

Evans, a forward, and Sturgell, a guard, are the only two seniors.

Reed City also has sophomores Jackson Price and Phillip Jones at the guard spots.

“They’re both very quick,” Eads said. “Zac Saez, a freshman (guard) is up and is a very good shooter and very smart with the ball.”

The Coyotes had a scrimmage with McBain last week and were at Baldwin to scrimmage the Panthers and White Cloud earlier this week.

“On defense, we’ll focus on being in the right position,” Eads said. “We want to get stops and run transition. We’re not very big except for Karsten.”

Stephan Shewan, a sophomore forward/center, who was a football lineman, will look to use his strength and quickness inside.

Other players include juniors Dilan Hooper, Devin Lodholtz, Parker Ward and Devin Yonkin, plus sophomore Anthony Pelton.

Cadillac “will be a tough opener for us,” Eads said. “We’re getting right into it.’

The first home game is Dec. 9 against Central State Activities Association Gold Division foe Newaygo. The Coyotes play at Fremont on Dec. 15 and then are on holiday break until a home game on Jan. 6 with Grant.