VanOrder playing key for Wildcat boys basketball

EVART  —  Nolan VanOrder has been adding talent to an Evart boys basketball lineup that has gotten off to a 3-1 start.

“We played pretty good,” VanOrder said after Saturday’s 63-22 victory over Northport. “We started out slow but our defense picked up. We had pretty good defense, good offense too.”

The Wildcats crawled out to a slow start against Northport. Getting off to a good start is a major priority for his team, VanOrder admitted.

“It’s maybe getting fired up in the lockerroom and coming out a little faster,” VanOrder said. “We’re a little slow. We don’t make shots.”

VanOrder said his role is to apply pressure on defense and hit some shots.

It’s his first varsity season.

“I’m still getting used to it,” he said. “I get a little nervous at times. It’s a different speed.”

His older brother Jared, was a former varsity standout for the Wildcats. His sister Mara, a sophomore, is currently on the girls varsity squad.

“I feel like I’m a pretty good outside shooter and I pass the ball pretty well too,” he said. “I need to work on my rebounding and boxing out, that’s for sure.”

The Wildcats are coming off a 63-22 win over Northport on Saturday. The next game is Friday, home with Marion.

“I think we’re looking pretty good,” VanOrder said. “We get up and down the court pretty well. We move the ball pretty well and share it pretty good. I definitely believe we’re capable of being over .500. We need to play good defense and come out to a fast start.”

VanOrder is also an avid ice fisherman especially on private lakes.

“I’ve been catching some bluegills and crappies,” he said. “Tip-ups have been kind of slow. I caught a nice bass the other day. Lot of ice.”