CARLYLE
BY JACK BULLOCK
Longtime head coach Andy Palmer and his club battled every night last winter as they should.
Against the kind of schedule this team plays each season, optimum effort is needed and this mentor expects nothing else.

The Indians finished 15-17 overall and 5-5 in the Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division and they look to make a move upward in 2016-17.

Two important starters are back for Carlyle, looking to better last season's mark.

Conner Toennies, a 6-foot-5 senior, is back after averaging 11.8 points a game as a junior.

He is approaching the 1,000-point plateau.

Not to be outdone by much, 6-foot-3 junior Tyler Siever tossed home 11.3 per outing.

Five others wearing Purple and Gold will look at starting assignments.

Eli Cox, a 6-foot-2 forward, 5-foot-11 senior Dru Johnson and 5-foot-11 senior Donte Nettles all played major minutes in all 32-varsity games last season.

Six-foot-two junior Nick Becker and classmate 6-foot Alex Huels are also part of the plan for this season.

Six-foot-three sophomore Dawson Reinacher, who transferred back to Carlyle after spending his freshman season at Mater Dei, will also add some depth and size.

The Indians had some highlights last season, including going 3-2 at the Benton Invitational Tournament.
“I feel like we can compete for a conference championship this season. I would project Breese Central, Columbia and Carlyle at the top of the conference. Our conference is always competitive top to bottom,” said Coach Palmer. “I like the makeup of this team. They play well together. We will need Toennies to play to his potential for us to have the success we feel we can have. We have experience and will start four seniors. If this team stays healthy, I believe we can compete for a conference championship as well as a regional championship.”
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