CARLYLE
BY JACK BULLOCK
Coach Andy Palmer lost three starters to graduation but will return some good players with good team chemistry heading into this season.

Gone from the club from last winter is ABV all-south selection and four-year varsity performer Conner Toennies along with fellow seniors Eli Cox and Dru Johnson from a team that was upset in the regional semifinals by host Hillsboro in the 2A event last February.

This team, according to Coach Palmer, has some good things going for it as they head into a tough early season tournament on their home floor to begin the campaign.

Tyler Siever, a 6-foot-3 senior, tossed home 12.5 points a night while grabbing 5.1 rebounds a contest.

Nick Becker, a 6-foot-2 senior, added three points and two rebounds a game to the scoring a year ago.

Three other returnees for the Indians are 6-foot senior Alex Huels, 6-foot-3 junior Dawson Reinacher and 6-foot-1 junior Chase Taylor.

They all saw varsity time last season.

Two others who will help out are 5-foot-11 junior Luke Boatright and 6-foot junior Caleb Darr.
“The conference will be very tough with several team returning starters and the addition of Salem,” said Coach Palmer, who is 423-254 in 24-seasons as a head coach, the last 14 at Carlyle. “I like the makeup of our team. I think we will be competitive if we can stay healthy. Only have 3 seniors and they will have to all make contributions and provide leadership.”

OUTLOOK – The Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division is always tough and the non-conference slate is no picnic, either. This club looks to be competitive and they have experience returning in all positions. Coach Palmer will know more after the first week of the season hosting the Kaskaskian Classic with some heavy hitters invited in for the week.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N25-D2 Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic J12 Freeburg

D8

@ Freeburg J15-20 Benton Invitational Tournament
D9 @ Vandalia J26 Pana
D12 Troy Triad J27 @ Nashville
D15 @ Breese Central J30 Breese Central
D19 Columbia F2 @ Trenton Wesclin
D26-29 Breese Mater Dei Holiday Tournament F9 @ Columbia
J5 @ Salem F13 @ Greenville
J6 Staunton F16 Salem
J9 Trenton Wesclin F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD