BREESE CENTRAL
BY JACK BULLOCK
Last season, the Breese Central Cougars finished their season at 31-5, getting to the state finals and finishing in third place in Class 2A.

Their reward? Welcome to 3A.

As the IHSA pendelum continues to shift from year to year with enrollments and private school success ratio effect, the Cougars find themselves up a notch in postseason competition.

Coach Jeremy Shubert enters his fourth year as the head coach of this juggernaut of a basketball program, having a 76-21 mark in the previous three.

With quite a basketball pedigree, having played at Okawville and coached as an assistant at Breese Central for 14-seasons, he gathered up an enormous amount of hoops knowledge from successful coaches David Luechtefeld and Stan Eagleson.

Last season, the Cougars grabbed titles at the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament and the Nashville Invitational Tournament.

They finished second to Okawville at the Breese Mater Dei Holiday Tournament and they vanquished several quality opponents on the way to the third place state 2A finish, handling old nemesis Hales Franciscan in the third place game, after having lost to the Spartans on two other occasions at Peoria in previous years.

The main man who will missing from this campaign led the club all the way to Carver Arena last season and has graduated from the school.

Six-foot-one Logan Kohrmann racked up points and awards last season as a senior, including ABV Player of the Year for Class 2A.

His stats could be measured but not his impact on the program and his teammates.

Other seniors missing from graduation include starters Chase Schneider, Corben Zanger and Mitchell Rule.

Coach Shubert mentioned two returning starters; Kolby Schulte and Jack Strieker, both experienced seniors.

Schulte is a 5-foot-11 point guard while Strieker is a 6-foot-3 forward.

Three key subs return, 6-foot-8 junior Tyler Joest, 6-foot-3 senior forward Brice Haselhorst and 6-foot senior guard Carter Truong were key reserves last season who now will have more responsibilty.

Letter winners from last season coming back for 2016-17 include 5-foot-9 senior Griffin Menkhaus, 6-foot senior Nate Loepker, 6-foot-3 senior Joe Ratermann and 5-foot-8 Karson Fehrmann.

“I like the possibilities that this new group can bring to the 2016-2017 season.

The two returning starters were key to the team last year in that Kolby was our point guard and Jack was our leading rebounder. Both are very good defenders as well,” said Coach Shubert. “Adding to this group is Tyler Joest with good varsity minutes will provide an influence on both ends of the floor. Biggest concern will be replacing the offense we lost from last year...our seniors last year, led by Logan, accounted for over 60 percent of our offense.
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Eff. St. Anthony Turkey Tournament J27 Highland

D1

Teutopolis J30 @ Carlyle
D8 Salem F3 @ Breese Mater Dei
D15 Carlyle F6 Trenton Wesclin
D22 @ Trenton Wesclin F9 @ Greenville
D27-30 Breese Mater Dei Holiday Tournament F13 @ Alton Marquette
J5 Columbia F16 Okawville
J12 @ Salem F20 @ Columbia
J15-20 Nashville Invitational Tournament F23 @ Freeburg
J26 Freeburg F26-M2 IHSA Regional TBD