REED CITY \u2014 Ricky Droke saw action on the Reed City varsity as a sophomore. But in his junior season, Droke is showing how valuable the second year of experience on his level can be. Reed City is off to a 3-0 start in the Central State Activities Association and 3-1 overall. Droke has contributed heavily in various games including 12 points in a recent victory over Hesperia. \u201cLast year was a mixture, this year is whole lot better,\u201d Droke said. \u201cMy defense is a whole lot better this year than last year. I\u2019ve been working on my shot.\u201d Droke, who plays other sports including soccer, said he didn\u2019t engage heavily in basketball work during the off season. \u201cI did a lot of summer ball with the team,\u201d he said. \u201cI did the Sunday thing. That was with a few of us with the team.\u201d Droke\u2019s defense has been especially strong for the Coyotes but he says he\u2019s not specializing in any particular role. \u201cI\u2019m out there for everything,\u201d he said. \u201cWherever (coach Jess Kailing) tells me to go, and whoever he tells me to guard that\u2019s where I\u2019m at. Right now my shooting is off but the last game it was on.\u201d The Coyotes are off for the holidays. \u201cWe\u2019re doing very well,\u201d Droke said. \u201cOur last game (against Holton) was iffy in the beginning but we got it back together. I think if we can play stronger, we can go for 16-0 (in the CSAA). It\u2019s a matter of teamwork and we have to play smart.\u201d The next game for the Coyotes is Jan. 6 at Morley Stanwood in CSAA. \u201cThat will be our toughest one,\u201d Droke said.