CISNE
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Lions hope to be off great start as the campaign begins with the Grayville Tournament the first week.
Head coach Adam Ellis begins his sixth season running the show at Cisne.
He has his point guard back from last season and he expects big things this year from the senior.
Six-foot-one Jared Taylor is back and he should catapult the 1,000-point mark at some point this season.
Coach Ellis believes that Taylor is one of the best players in their area.
Six-foot-one senior guard Derek Thomason has been in a varsity uniform all four seasons at Cisne. He will be one of the starters.
Russell Hilliard, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, will work around the paint on both ends of the floor for the Lions.
Jordan Hosick is a shooting guard for the Lions. Hosick is a 5-foot-10 junior.
Those four bring back the most experience.
Five-foot-nine senior Mitchell Levi will be a key defender for the Lions this season while 5-foot-9 senior Kameron Martinez will see court time as well as Blake Atwood.
Dalen Stopher is a 6-foot-4 senior forward who will likely come off the bench.
Josh Farris also was mentioned by Coach Ellis as a potential player that will help.
“We will be deeper this year than we have in the past. I believe we have 9 guys who can contribute on a regular basis. We will be led by the tandem of Taylor and Thomason, but I honestly believe we have others who can lighten their load,” said Coach Ellis, who saw his club lose to Grayville, 64-61 in overtime in the regional semifinals at North Clay.
“I'm very intrigued by Blake Atwood. He did not dress varsity last year, but has became a factor and stands 6-4. Mitchell Levi has worked extremely hard and could sneak into the lineup. Hosick and Hilliard will definitely be assets as long as they keep working hard in the respective roles. It's always a battle to get kids to completely buy into a team concept. I think this group understands that we have to do that if we want to be successful. It should be a fun year as each night will be a battle.
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N28 Dieterich J26 Patoka

D1

@ Fairfield J30 Sandoval
D5 Wayne City F2 @ Woodlawn
D8 @ Oblong F3 @ Bridgeport Red Hill
D9-16 Wayne City Holiday Tournament F6 Norris City-Omaha-Enfield
D19 Louisville North Clay F8 Odin
J5 @ Farina South Central F13 @ Waltonville
J9 @ Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran F16 @ Webber Township
J12 Grayville F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J15-20 MTC Tournament F26-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD