ELVERADO
BY JACK BULLOCK
For a program like Elverado, there is no where to go but up.
The Falcons (still a really cool nickname) didn't win a varsity contest last season in boy's basketball.
When a team goes 0-25 it is hard to spin a positive out of it.
But head coach Jacob Emling knew what he was getting into when he took the job.
Now the work begins to get things turned around.
It begins with the kids that return from the team that bowed out of the Christopher 1A Regional to Webber Township in the first round.
Coach Emling will turn to the seniors to turn the page on last season and make 2016-17 a better year.
With just one senior on the roster last winter, the kids that return all had varsity playing time as underclassmen.
The seniors who are back are Sage Sarensen, 6-foot guard, and Jaydn Christian, a 6-foot-1.
Gage Funk, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, and classmates 5-foot-11 forward Avery Caraker and 6-foot-2 forward/center Clayton Berger, are juniors.
Coach Emling mentioned three sophomores; 5-foot-10 guard Aquantez Penn, 5-foot-8 guard Blaine Morse and 5-foot-8 forward Trey Bernardini.
Coach Emling added some newcomers with junior Zee Johnson, senior Joey Dunham
and senior Austin Lashbrook.
Seniors Joe Ralph, Noah Barnes and Logan Cavitt along with junior Trinden Clark will wear Royal Blue and Gold this season as well as freshman Dawson White.
“Meridian is my favorite to win the conference. They are super athletic. Joppa is probably the second best team,” said Coach Emling. “Our move ins will help is tremendously. We have several athletes to go around them as well. We should be able to run a lot. Having a lot more depth this year will help us stay fresh. We will still have to work on the boards to not get out rebounded.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE

N20-25

Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament J9

@ Marion (IL.) Agape Christian

N28 Marissa-Coulterville J15-20 Egyptian Invitational Tournament
D5 @ Dongola J23 Wolf Lake Shawnee
D8 Tamms Egyptian F2 @ Mounds Meridian
D9 Ramsey F6 @ Galatia
D12 Marion (IL.) Agape Christian F9 Ullin Century
D15 @ Cobden F13 Gateway Legacy Christian Academy
D16 @ Thompsonville F16 Joppa-Maple Grove
D19 Zeigler-Royalton F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
D28-29 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic" F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD