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Bluebirds count on speed, depth

Staff writer

The Bluebird basketball team will be quick and fast — going deep in the guard and forward positions. A lack of experience in the post position may make for a steep learning curve for someone to assume that role.

Braden Unruh, a 6-foot junior who averaged 8.8 points per game as a sophomore, will start the season as the leading point-producer from last year’s team. Senior Neal Brubaker brings the most assists per game at 2.6 from last season. Sophomore Trey Schmidt was also a starter last year. All three of these players could take the point guard position. Corey Buller, a 6-foot-2 senior, lettered last year and brings a scoring punch of 5.6 points per game to the team.

Other players expected to stamp their mark on this season are 5-foot-10 senior Jake Smucker, 5-foot-11 senior John Berkholz, 6-foot-4 sophomore Davis Cook, and 5-foot-11 sophomore Nic Buller.

“This should be an exciting season,” Unruh said.

“We are in the new Wheat State League and we have a goal to win the league. We should be quick and have good defense,” Brubaker said.

This is definitely a season “when we will not count on the same person every night for scoring,” Corey Buller said.

“Because of our depth, we will be able to work with a lot of combinations on the floor,” coach Justin Coup said.

Curtis Guhr and Ryan Janzen will be assisting Coup with the coaching duties.

The Bluebirds will be in division I of Class 1A this year.

Goessel will start the season with four home games. They played Inman Friday and will host the Bluebird Classic this week.

Last modified Dec. 9, 2010

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