Sturgell playing key role for Reed City basketball


REED CITY — It was about a month ago when Reed City’s football season came to an end.

It was an eventful one for Trent Sturgell.

But now he’s wearing a basketball uniform and is looking at having an eventful season on the court.

Sturgell won’t soon forget the winning touchdown catch he made in the district finals against Chippewa Hills. But now he’s trying to help the Coyotes who play at Fremont Friday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

He’s one of three returning players for the Coyotes. His cousin, Karsten Koopman, is another returning player.

Sturgell is a senior while his cousin is a junior.

Sturgell played as a junior last year. It was a comeback of sorts since he missed his sophomore season from an injury.

“Last year was a pretty good year,” he said. “We had a lot of talent on our team. We fell a little short at the end.”

Sturgell also put in some basketball summer work. There was a basketball coaching change in October that put JJ Eads in the position.

“I think we’re transitioning well,” Sturgell said. “It’s gone smoothly. We respect coach Eads and will give him everything we’ve got.”

Sturgell has been looking at being a point guard of sorts this season and leading and setting up the offense.

“My game is driving and dishing,” he said. “I’m driving to the rim and getting fouls or dishing it off.”

Reed City enters this week at 0-2.

“We have to work hard, play some defense and out-rebound everybody,” Sturgell said. ‘I know we can get some Ws and have a good season.”