CASEY-WESTFIELD
BY JACK BULLOCK
There is a new head coach at the helm for Casey-Westfield.
The bad part is that this is the third head coach in three seasons at this school.
After getting to the 1A Supersectional in 2015, the Warriors stubbled out to the blocks a never recovered, going just 3-20 last season for Kyle Watson.
Watson has departed and new head coach Tom Brannan takes over.
Brannan is a familiar face in the Little Illini Conference, after serving as head coach at Marshall for 23-years where he had an incredible winning percentage of 71.9 percent (460-187) before his tenure ended.
The Warriors, in other words, are in good hands as they look to rebuild.
Casey-Westfield was decimated by injuries a year ago and their youth and inexperience didn't help matters.
But Coach Brannan has produced results himself, having won 20-plus games 13-times, including a 32-1 third place finish in the 2A state tournament in 2008-09.
He will have some size to work with heading into the season.
Logan Hawker, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, is back for the Warriors as is 6-foot-4 Kyle Carver guard.
Having that sort of size in the backcourt will make the opposition take notice.
Another guard on the radar is 6-foot junior Jared Brandenburg.
Up front the Warriors will have Luke Richards, a 6-foot-5 sophomore and another guard listed by this coach is 6-foot-1 sophomore Ethan Gilbert.
With no upper classmen on the roster, Coach Brannan will have the core of the group for at least two seasons.
“I think the kids realize that it is should be a team first attitude and I think the kids have something to prove this year,” said Coach Brannan, who was a starting point guard on a Carrollton team that reached the Elite Eight in Class A back in 1984. “I'm excited for the team. They have really improved and they all play hard. They are very unselfish.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Cumberland Turkey Tournament J9 @ Arcola

N28

West Vigo (IN.) J12 Marshall
D5 @ Cumberland J16 Olney Richland
D8 @ Robinson J19-26 LIC Tournament @ Bridgeport Red Hill
D12 Neoga J30 @ Charleston
D19 Martinsville F2 Flora
D26-29 Wabash Valley Classic @ TH North F9 @ Lawrenceville
J2 Bridgeport Red Hill F13 Newton
J5 @ Paris F16 Effingham St. Anthony
J6 Effingham St. Anthony Shootout F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD