BREESE CENTRAL
BY JACK BULLOCK
With seven of the top 11 players graduating from last year's team, Breese Central will have a different look heading into the 2017-18 season.

After having won a school record 22-straight games last season and the first 3A Regional title in boy's basketball history, the Cougars will have to replace a lot of production.

It begins with the one returning, 6-foot-9 senior Tyler Joest (11 points, five rebounds) for Breese Central to build upon.

He has an outside shot of reaching 1,000-points for his career with a good senior showing.

The rest of the starters will come from returning players at different levels of the program.

Three are letterwinners; 6-foot-4 junior guard Simon Thomas, 5-foot-9 senior point guard Karson Fehrmann and 6-foot-5 senior forward Mason Weems.

All three played some varsity last season.

Coach Jeremy Shubert has a group of kids that he believes are ready to contribute this season from the beginning.

One senior, 6-foot guard Gavin Heimann, along with four juniors which include 6-foot-2 Camden Wempe, 6-foot-3 forward Max Kampwerth, 5-foot-10 guard Calvin Rakers, and 5-foot-9 guard Garrett Richter.

A pair of sophomores, according to Coach Shubert, will also be in the rotation.

Six-foot-two forward Bradon Thomas and 5-foot-11 guard Jackson Haag.

“There will be alot of new faces on the court this season for our club, with some sophomores pushing for varsity time. Even though I believe we will not be as good defensively, I still believe our defense intensity will be the difference in how many points our team is able to score. Our team must be ready each night we step on the floor and we hope to improve as the season moves along,” said Coach Shubert.

OUTLOOK – This school has produced a lot of great basketball players over the years and the teams have thrived because of the hard work. Despite being a 3A team now, they were still successful last year as they won a 3A regional and battled powerhouse Central in the sectional. This franchise will continue to be good and they are still the team to beat in the Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division.

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