DUPO
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Dupo Tigers has a new coach who is familiar with the metro-east area after having spent time coaching at Granite City as a head coach and as an assistant at most recently East Alton-Wood River.

Coach Steve Roustio takes over the Tigers' program this season and he got a late start on everything involved in the program.

So a lot of the learning and teaching will be on the fly this winter.

This coach inherits a club that went 6-21 overall last season and just 2-8 in the Kaskaskia Division of the Cahokia Conference.

The good news is that he has some kids returning that have some experience.

As with most of the teams where the new comes in, most jobs are up for grabs.

According the statistics ABV found from last season, all of the big scorers on the team a year ago graduated.

The seniors who are back are 5-foot-9 Kyle Steinhauer and 5-foot-7 David Moskop.

There are six juniors on the roster from Coach Roustio.

Five-foot-five Dallas Parks, 5-foot-7 Devin Similey, 5-foot-10 Tyler Kyle, 6-foot-3 Bryce Chadduck, 5-foot-8 Nik Houston and 6-foot-1 Kolbie Allen.

Allen was the only one of the group that saw much playing time last year as a sophomore (1.9 p.p.g.).

The sophomores consist of a pair of 6-foot players; Malik Calhoun and Christian Licklider along with 5-foot-9 Tyler Touchette.

One freshman; 6-foot-1 Omarion Lewis, is also on the list.

"After nine pre-season practices, I like the way our ball club approaches practices. I am very pleased with players in regard to adapting to a new coach and getting after it on the defensive end of the floor,” said Coach Roustio. “I believe if our team's night philosophy is to bring their "A" game on defense, we will find ourselves in a competitive environment. The effort level during practice in the early going has really caught my eye! It's always fun to be around a bunch of guys who will sell out on the floor for one another."

OUTLOOK – It may take a while for this coach to make an impact but everyone seems fired up about upcoming season. They will face a lot of teams that will have taller players and so it will be important for the fundamentals to be there if the Tigers are going to improve on their win total from last season. The team has won four, eight and six games in each of the last three seasons. It will take a great deal of improvement for Dupo to get over 10 wins.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tournament J16 Marissa-Coulterville

D5

@ Marissa-Coulterville J19 @ New Athens
D8 Lebanon J22-27 Herculaneum Invitational Tournament
D9 Red Bud F2 @ Steeleville
D12 Steeleville F7 Madison
D15 @ Valmeyer F9 Valmeyer
D18 New Athens F13 @ Lebanon
D26-29 Columbia/Freeburg Holiday Tournament F16 @ Red Bud
J3 St. Louis (MO.) Valley Park F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J12 @ East Alton-Wood River F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD