The Goessel boys’ basketball team will seek to develop young players in a hurry, as just one starter from last year’s squad returns.
That starter, Zach Wiens, will be expected to be a team leader, coach Curtis Guhr said. The 6-foot-3 senior should be a presence inside the paint, averaging 13.3 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Rhett Makovec, 6-2 junior, lettered last year and had success from long range averaging 2.6 points per game. Josh Schmidt, 5-6 junior, was a defensive specialist, averaging 0.6 steals per game.
Competition for starting spots is wide open as he searches for the right mix, Guhr said.
“Finding the right group to accept their roles and do their jobs will be vital to our success,” said Guhr.
The Bluebird boys ended last year with a 6-15 record and a Wheat State League record of 2-5.
Goessel is projected to finish in the middle of the league this season. Solomon and Rural Vista are the preseason favorites.
“It will be a very competitive league this year,” Guhr said.
Goessel will travel Friday to Inman for its first game.
The Bluebirds will be at home for Bluebird Classic games Dec. 8 with Elyria and Dec. 11 with Little River. A Dec 12 game will be determined after the first two games have finished.