Lima Central Catholic
Coach: Frank Kill (12th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 12-11
Post-season 2021 finish: Lost 57-52 to Bath in the section final.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Evan Unruh (Sr.), Meshaud Moore (Sr.), Demarr Foster (Soph.), Billy Bourk (Soph.), Carson Parker (Soph.)
Others who may make a roster for the national team: Seth Mikesel (Senior), Ethan Franhauser (Junior), Payne Cutlip (Junior), Michael Tufflinger (Junior), Sal Guagenti (Junior) )
Coach Analysis: It is currently unknown how T-Birds will play due to the success of the soccer team. The main injuries of Evan Unruh, Meshaud Moore, Carson Parker, and Demarr Foster determine how chemistry is formed. With five major returnees since last year and some newcomers off the bench, T-Birds should be very successful. With summer, coach kills can be given a great deal of confidence by the end of the season. T-Birds should look great. They are not very selfish and share the ball. Coach Kill hopes that the flow of transitional attacks and their full court defense can cause problems for hostile teams. Rebound should be the key this year. Moore and Bourk sizes should help around the rim. Losing Rossy Moore to graduation, T-Birds must find a high-energy scorer who can reach the rim. The T-Birds schedule will be tighter than ever, but we hope to have a combat test in March.
Coach: Nick Fisher (6th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 13-12
2020-21 League record: 4-5 (6th)
Post-season 2021 finish: Lost 56-53 overtime to Ottawa-Grand Rufu in the district semifinals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Tyler Schweeterman (Senior), Kevin Fisher (Senior), Jesse Meyer (Senior), Marcel Brushungham (Junior)
Others who may make a roster for the national team: Rece Mescher (Sr.), Evan Harlamert (Jr.), Blade Buschur (Jr.), Justin Kaup (Jr.), Curtis Duerr (Jr.), Luke Schwieterman (Soph), Jace Wood (Soph), John Murrenkamp (Junior)
Coach Analysis: The Cavaliers are young and aim to gain experience early on. This can be difficult as football and the playoffs can delay the start.
Delphis St. Johns
Coach: Aaron Elwar (15th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 7-16
2020-21 League record: 0-9 (10th)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost to Crestview 51-37 in the Section Finals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Landon Elwer (Sr.), JJ Bonifas (Sr.), Brady Kerner (Sr.), Landen Grothaus (Jr.), Nolan Schwinnen (Jr.), Austin Moenter (Soph.)
Other national team rosters: Ethan Druckemiller (Jr.), Aaron Moenter (Soph.), Jack Gerker (Jr.), Joel Schrader (Soph.)
Coach Analysis: I’m excited about the experience I’ve returned from last year. Early in the pre-season, we have a great idea and are constantly improving. Our experience and the addition of some undergraduates make us feel as if we have a great mix for a successful season. I would like you to play with confidence and toughness. If you can be consistent in these two areas, you will compete at a high level in each game.
Coach: Jim Melton (3rd season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 12-12
2020-21 League record: 5-4 (5th)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost 59-38 to St. Henry in the Section Finals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Owenjutte (Senior), Caleb Evers (Senior), Kale Rammel (Junior)
Others who may make a roster for the national team: Daniel Patch (Junior), Logan Hohmann (Senior), Landon Post (Junior), Wyatt Grover (Junior), Ross Pearson (Junior)
Coach Analysis: We are excited about the next season. Many opportunities for multiple players to contribute positively. I graduated from 6 seniors last season, so I have to play some roles. We had a great offseason. I’m looking forward to the start of the season.
Coach: Kurt Goettemoeller (11 seasons)
2020-21 Overall Record: 14-10
2020-21 League record: 6-3 (3rd place Thailand)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost 63-55 overtime to New Breman in the Section Finals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Brady Ronnebaum (Sr.), Alex Knapke (Sr.), Peyton Otte (Sr.), Tate Hess (Jr.)
Other national team rosters: Jadyn Mescher (Jr.), Hudson Rose (Sr.), Chris Hartings (Sr.), Jack Knapke (Soph.), Luke Pohlman (Jr.), Brandon Eyink (Jr.), Aidan Eifert (Jr.), Austin Niekamp (Fr.)
Coach Analysis: We have a great blend of experienced national team players and some promising newcomers. We have bigger teams than in the last few seasons, but as always, our ability to defend and rebound will determine the success of this season. If you want to do your best in February and March, your seniors need to lead and unify the team.
Coach: Michael McClurg (6th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 20-4
2020-21 League Record: 9-0 (First)
Post-season 2021 finish: Lost to New Breman 40-39 in the district semifinals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Zack Fortman (Senior), Johnny Nixon (Senior), Austin Wellman (Senior)
Other national team rosters: Brogan Stephey (Fr.), Noah Piipari (Jr.), Devan Wuebker (Jr.), James Niemeyer (Fr.), Logan Kohne (Jr.), Conner Gehret (Jr.)
Coach Analysis: We are young and inexperienced, but it feels like there are groups that can compete at a high level in February.
Coach: Cory Stephens (3rd season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 19-9
2020-21 League record: 6-3 (3rd place Thailand)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost to Columbus Grove 50-48 in the regional finals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Nick Arig (Senior), Trevor Bergman (Senior), Reese Busse (Senior), Nathan Lindlar (Senior), David Hohmann (Junior)
Other national team rosters: Aaron Teaman (Soph.), Grant Wilker (Sr.), Ben Wells (Sr.), Tate Rotgerman (Sr.), Corten Muser (Sr.), Dylan Van Bauer (Jr.)
Coach Analysis: Our goals for this season are no different from our goals for the past few years. We compete every day and want to get better. That way, you’ll be playing the best basketball in March.
Coach: Carson Manager (First Season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 5-17
2020-21 League record: 1-8 (9th)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost 65-61 to Fort Recovery in the Section Semifinals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Carson Bierlien (Sr.), Max Henschen (Sr.), Ryan Osborne (Sr.), Jay Waterman (Soph.)
Other national team rosters: Parker Banner (Senior), Ashton McMurray (Junior), Jay Schroeder (Fran), Andrew Refel (Sof), Tyler Rammers (Sof), Troy Duenger (Sof),
Coach Analysis: It’s not easy for these boys to constantly learn new systems as they are my first year as head coach of this group and the third coach in four years. From last season to the beginning of this season, there have been some major improvements in the ability of men to handle and care for the ball. Practice is competitive and focused on getting 1% better every day, taking itself at the end of the season.
Coach: Doug Hughes (12th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 10-13
2020-21 League record: 3-6 (7th place tie)
2021 Postseason Finish: Lost 58-54 in double overtime to Ridgemont in the section semifinals.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Caden Slusher (Sr.), Gabe Schaaf (Sr.), Jacob Rogers (Sr.), Riley Samples (Sr.), Fletcher Smith (Soph.), Trent Rollins (Soph.)
Other national team rosters: Aiden Anderson (Senior), Grant Borenbacher (Senior), Roman Resinsuke (Junior), Chase Height Kamp (Senior), Edini Cols (Junior), Landenmei (Sof), Devon Krauch (Sof) .)
Coach Analysis: To be successful, we must be able to defend, rebound and take care of basketball. Our players have worked hard during the off-season to make this year a memorable one. I really like this team. They actually work hard every day and understand our core values of unity, enthusiasm, and toughness.
Coach: Eric Rosenbeck (13th season)
2020-21 Overall Record: 18-8
2020-21 League record: 8-1 (seconds)
Post-season 2021 finish: Lost to New Breman 47-41 in the district final.
Return Winners of the 2020-21 Varsity Letter: Bennett Gels (Sr.), Jaden Lange (Sr.), Seth Heitkamp (Sr.), Sam Koesters (Sr.), Luge Gels (Sr.), Shane Franck (Sr.)
Future outlook: Clayton Everman, Evan Bowers, John Hartings, Luke Beyke, Dustin Quinter
Coach Analysis: If you can improve discipline, mental toughness, team toughness, and consistency in all aspects of a basketball game, you have the opportunity to have a memorable season. Our seniors need to provide the consistency, maturity and leadership we need to reach our goals. To be successful, you need to be ready to play all 22 games to the fullest.
Lima Central Catholic Billy Burke puts a shot against Brady Kerner last season at Delphos St. Johns. Both return to their respective squads.
Last season, Lima Central Catholic Evan Unru played against Perry’s Will Knight. Unruh has to deal with injuries he suffered during the football season.
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