BY JACK BULLOCK
The Barry Western Wildcats are in Pike County in the far western part of Illinois and they boy's basketball area has some state tradition.

Years ago (1995) the school which was Kinderhook West Pike finished third in the Class A state finals.

It was the last year the state finals were held in Champaign-Urbana.

Last season the Wildcats went 19-11with a 61-48 loss to Jacksonville Routt at the 1A Carrollton Regional title game ending their year.

Head coach Curtis Stout has three starters back from that club that he hopes will lead them in 2019-20.

Kyle Colgrove, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, is back for Western.

Also a pair of guards return; 5-foot-10 senior Preston Wellman and 5-foot-11 junior Erick Hively.

Coach Stout also mentioned three other returnees; Ethan Dixon, Joseph Depke, and Cayden Fesler

Dixon is a 6-foot-3 sophomore and Depke is a 6-foot-2 senior.

Fesler is a 6-foot-2 sophomore and all six of those players will be the focus for this coach as they head into the season.

“Colgrove, Wellman, and Hively will be looked to lead our team in scoring this year, as well as the majority of the ball handling. Ethan Dixon, Joseph Depke, and Cayden Fesler will be our interior men this year. We will need them to take a step forward this year to rebound, and guard the bigs from other teams,” said Coach Stout, who is a Payson-Seymour graduate from 2010.

OUTLOOK – As part of the Jacksonville Supersectional that is usually crowded near the top, they could find themselves with a shot at a regional title and trip south to the Dupo Sectional if everything falls into place for the Wildcats.

N25-30 Pittsfield Thanksgiving Tournament
Enrollment: 144 (1A)
D3 Winchester West Central
Conference: Pike County
D6 @ Griggsville-Perry
Colors: Red/Silver/Black
D9-14 North Green "Spartan Classic"
Head Coach: Curtis Stout
D17 @ Camp Point Central
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 19-11
D20 Hamilton
State Tournament Result:
D21 JWCC "Rumble On The River"
Lost to Jacksonville Routt, 61-48
D26-30 Mendon Unity Christmas Tournament
@ 1A Carrollton Regional Final.
J4 Taylorville Shootout
a
J11-18 Winchester Invitational Tournament
a
J21 Jacksonville ISD
a
J24 @ Augusta Southeastern
a
J28 @ Brussels
a
J31 Pleasant Hill
a
F4 Liberty
a
F7 Quincy Notre Dame Shootout
a
F11 @ Mt. Sterling Brown County a
F14 @ Pittsfield a
F18 Mendon Unity a
F21 Payson-Seymour a
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1