Reed playing key role for unbeaten Coyotes

Reed City basketball team entered break at 4-0

Canyon Reed



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – It’s been a strong start to the Reed City boys varsity basketball season and Canyon Reed is playing a huge role in that success.

The Coyotes are 4-0 and resumed action on Jan. 4 at Clare.

Reed is a senior this season.

Last year, a major highlight was handing Big Rapids its first loss of the regular season.

Steve Ernst took over the boys basketball coaching job in the summer.

“As soon as coach got here, we got in the gym almost every week,” Reed said in the preseason. “Over this summer, it was about shooting and going on that.  Now we’re working on everything like shooting and the press, ball handling and everything.”

Reed is especially focusing on shooting.

“I had some struggles last season,” he said. “Over the summer, I feel I improved my shot.”

Improving on the short jumpers is an emphasis for Reed. He has confidence on being effective on the putbacks.

Defensively, “with losing weight comes quickness,” he said. “If I keep losing weight I can keep being quick. I think the press is going to be one of our strengths.”

Winning the Central State Activities Association Gold crown and conference are two key goals for Reed and the Coyotes. Big Rapids, Fremont and Newaygo are expected to be contenders along with Reed City.

“The ceiling is very high for this team,” Reed said.

Reed also plays baseball for the Coyotes at first base and right field. At 6-feet, 5 inches, his favorite sport remains basketball.