BY JACK BULLOCK
The Casey-Westfield Warriors have been on a nice regular season run under head coach Tom Brannan but the recent postseason hasn't been so kind.

In back-to-back seasons, the Warriors enjoyed success by going 24-5 and then 25-4 but both seasons ended prematurely in the 2A regionals.

Teutopolis took them out of the regional on their own floor in 2018 and last February the Warriors were upset in the semifinal round of the regional at Shelbyville by eventual regional champ Pana, 70-67.

However this is a new year and despite a couple of big graduation losses, there is reason for optimistic excitement in the program.

Coach Brannan said goodbye to a pair of seniors that between them produced nearly 30 points a game.

Luke Richards (19 p.p.g.) and Ethan Gilbert (10 p.p.g.) have left the program and that sort of production doesn't grow on trees.

Nevertheless Casey-Westfield has some good players with a mixture of size, quickness and experience heading into 2019-20.

Oh, by the way, the Warriors are now Class 1A.

The enrollment change for a two-year cycle has helped a few teams (11 drop to 2A, five dropped in 1A) in the ABV area and C-W perhaps got the best deal.

Having an experienced set of guard returning is a huge plus and Coach Brannan has that heading into the season.

Four of the players returning are juniors after spending time on the varsity as sophomores.

Six-foot-one junior guard Noah Livingston average 13.7 points a game as a sophomore and made the LIC first team.

Will Hosselton, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, tossed in seven a night and was LIC honorable mention all-conference.

Six-foot-one junior Dawson Dallappe is also back for Coach Brannan.

Add 6-foot-1 junior Colin Branson to the list as he returns along with some size up front provided by 6-foot-6 junior Jackson Hills.

There are two seniors involved; 6-foot-5 Caleb Patrick and 6-foot-1 Trey Huisinga.

"We lost some really important players, but we have the tools to reload," said Coach Brannan. “We play a very tough schedule and I hope that has us prepared for the postseason.”

OUTLOOK – The Warriors have the tools to make another conference championship run, which would be the third consecutive title. But this coach and these players are thinking postseason success. The class drop for most schools is helpful but for this program it is monumental. The last time Casey-Westfield was 1A, they made it to the supersectional in 2015. They also will be the host of the 1A sectional. If they can finally get out of the regional, they could be playing at home for a chance to get back to the supersectional and on to the final four. ABV has them preseason ranked second behind Central A&M. Those two could very well meet up in a sectional title game.

N25-30 Cumberland Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 281 (1A)
D3 West Vigo (IN.)
Conference: Little Illini
D6 @ North Clay
Colors: Purple/Gold
D7 Mt. Pulaski
Head Coach: Tom Brannan
D10 @ Cumberland
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 25-4
D13 @ Robinson
State Tournament Result:
D17 Neoga
Lost to Pana, 70-67
D21 Central A&M Shootout
@ 2A Shelbyville Regional.
D26-30 1st Financial "Wabash Valley Classic"
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J3 Fairfield
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J7 Red Hill
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J10 @ Paris
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J11 St. Anthony Shootout
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J14 @ Arcola
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J17 Marshall
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J21 @ Olney Richland County
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J24-31 LIC Tournament @ Paris
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F4 @ Charleston
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F7 Flora
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F11 @ Teutopolis
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F14 @ Lawrenceville
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F18 Newton
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F21 Effingham St. Anthony a
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD
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