REED CITY \u2013 It\u2019s 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. \u201cAs soon as coach got here, we got in the gym almost every week,\u201d Reed said in the preseason. \u201cOver this summer, it was about shooting and going on that. \u00a0Now we\u2019re working on everything like shooting and the press, ball handling and everything.\u201d Reed is especially focusing on shooting. \u201cI had some struggles last season,\u201d he said. \u201cOver the summer, I feel I improved my shot.\u201d Improving on the short jumpers is an emphasis for Reed. He has confidence on being effective on the putbacks. Defensively, \u201cwith losing weight comes quickness,\u201d he said. \u201cIf I keep losing weight I can keep being quick. I think the press is going to be one of our strengths.\u201d 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. \u201cThe ceiling is very high for this team,\u201d 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.