REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 \u00a0He\u2019s one of only three Reed City basketball players back from last season, but junior Karsten Koopman is looking at making some key contributions for the Coyotes this season. Koopman, who is 6 foot, 4 inches, played for the Coyotes last season as a sophomore. \u201cIt was a learning experience,\u201d he said. \u201c*I was able to get a lot of playing time.\u201d Koopman recalls especially learning a lot about speedwork and rebounding techniques. He worked extensively during the offseason. His specialty will be doing plenty of work inside. Most of the team got off to a slow preseason start because of football, with the Coyotes playing in the regional finals on Nov. 12.\u00a0\u201cWe\u2019re catching up,\u201d Koopman said. One of the other returning players is his cousin, senior Trent Sturgell.\u00a0\u201cWe also only have three returning varsity players,\u201d he said. Three was also a coaching change in mid-October with JJ Eads taking the position. But in preseason, Koopman wasn\u2019t expecting the transition to have an impact. \u201cIt changed some things but I think it will be for the better in the long run,\u201d Koopman said. \u201cI just want to do my hardest and help the team. We\u2019re young.\u201d He and his teammates hope to be playing their best toward the end of the season and at tournament time. The Coyotes are home against Fremont on Friday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action. They started out 0-2 last week.\u00a0Koopman had seven points and 11 rebounds for Reed City against Cadillac.