BY JACK BULLOCK
The CH/BC Bobcats, which is a cooperative between longtime rivals Cowden-Herrick and Beecher City, will head into 2019-20 with nearly all new varsity players.

Head coach Donovan Riley saw nine seniors graduate last spring with most of the minutes going with them.

The Bobcats went 6-25 overall a year ago, losing to Neoga in the regional to end the season.

This mentor, who is a graduate of Beecher City, has a lot of work to do with the young kids ready to step forward into the varsity.

“Last year's team made several strides to become a better team. Those young men were able to walk off the court knowing they put everything that had into the season. Many of time they fought their way back into games, that at times seemed impossible to win.” said Coach Riley.

The only returning varsity starter/letter winner is Dylan Taylor.

Dylan is a 5-foot-10 senior guard.

Five-foot-ten senior guard Jhett Buchanan is a returning varsity player that will give them some help in the backcourt.

Chance Robertson, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, will also see varsity playing time in the backcourt.

Six-foot-two junior forward Brett Beck will see varsity playing time to fill holes in the front court.

Daniel Lewis, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, and 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Jadon Robertson who is coming off of a season-ending injury last winter.

Five-foot-eight sophomore guard Kade Persinger, 6-foot-1 sophomore forward Wesley Radloff, 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Silas Buzzard as well as 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Brandon Burrus, will also see impacting minutes as varsity players.

“I think the NTC/EIC is going to be very competitive and tough like last year. A lot of the teams on our schedule did not lose several players like we did. However, I think we will surprise a few teams, even as young as we will be,” said Coach Riley. “This year will be a learning experience for the sophomores. The seniors will provide leadership for the younger players, which in turn will make us a more competitive team.

OUTLOOK – This will be his second full year coaching varsity and things will improve for both himself and also his program. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither are good basketball programs. This will take time but a good young coach who cares is a great start.

N25-30

Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 192 (1A)
D3 Neoga
Conference: National Trail /Egyptian Illini
D6 Ramsey
Colors: Red/White/Blue
D10 @ Effingham St. Anthony
Head Coach: Donovan Riley
D13 Dieterich
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 6-24
D17-21 St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
State Tournament Result:
D26-28 Dieterich Holiday Tournament
Lost to Neoga, 40-25
J4 Louisville North Clay Shootout
@ 1A Neoga Regional
J10 @ Louisville North Clay 1
J11 Effingham St. Anthony Shootout l
J14 @ Shelbyville l
J17 @ Oblong l
J21 Altamont l
J24 Farina South Central l
J27-F1 NTC Tournament @ Altamont l
F4 @ Mulberry Grove l
F11 Patoka l
F14 @ Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg l
F15 Altamont Shootout l
F18 @ Sandoval l
F21 St. Elmo/Brownstown l
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD l