COWDEN-HERRICK-BEECHER CITY
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City cooperative, known now as CH-BC, appears to be working well.Head coach Marc Bain saw some good things a season ago as the Bobcats finished the season at 13-15, losing a close one to Nokomis in the regional semifinal at Altamont last February.

Two top scorers from last season's squad that was .500 in both the NTC and EIC standings have departed via graduation, taking a lot of minutes and numbers.

Konner Blackerby and Aaron Nohren are gone and will need to be replaced.

Coach Bain has four seniors returning, with one of them injured, but also a strong group of juniors ready for a chance.

The injured player, 5-foot-10 senior guard Blake Barnes, should be ready to go next week as will the other upperclassmen 6-foot Derek Duckwitz, 5-foot-10 Marshall Nohren, 6-foot-2 Chad Kirchhofer and 6-foot-1 Ben Buzzard.

The juniors who are going to push for time are 6-foot Keegan Martin, 6-foot-6 Nick Miller, 6-foot Dylan Webster and 5-foot-11 Trace Smith.

Also in the mix are juniors; 6-foot Ditton Curl, 5-foot-8 Zach Burks, 5-foot-11 Alec Edwards, and 6-foot Eddie Clearwater.

With this sort of depth, it will come in handy in the schedule of games that the Bobcats will face.
“We are very excited for the upcoming season and the challenge of competing against a strong schedule,” said Coach Bain. “We play in the St.Elmo Tournament, Dieterich Tournament, NTC Tournament, and the St. Anthony Shootout.”

OUTLOOK – This coop looks to be heading into the right direction and this coach is excited about the upcoming season. They should fit right into the mix in both of the leagues in which they reside. They have plenty of depth and some experience. It could turn into an above .500 finish overall.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N28 Neoga J16 Altamont

D1

Ramsey J19 Farina South Central
D5 @ Effingham St. Anthony J22-27 NTC Tournament @ Altamont
D8 @ Dieterich J30 @ Mulberry Grove
D12-16 St. Elmo Holiday Tournament F6 Patoka
D26-28 Dieterich Holiday Tournament F9 @ Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg
J5 @ Louisville North Clay F10 LOVC/NTC Shootout @ Cumberland
J6 Effingham St. Anthony Shootout F13 Mulberry Grove
J9 @ Shelbyville F16 St. Elmo-Brownstown
J12 @ Oblong F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD