FLORA

BY JACK BULLOCK
Coming off of a 14-17 season a year ago, the Flora Wolves look to get going this season with a new group of players.

Four seniors are gone to graduation and Coach Phil Leib will have to rebuild for a team that lost to Mt. Carmel in the regional a season ago.

Trevin Smith, Jefrery Gaither, Chris Scott, and Jordan Winka have left the program and they took 35 points a game with them.

For this coach, he does have some talent returning as they will get a baptism under fire in their opening tournament of the season at Carlyle.

Drew Woodrow, a 6-foot-3 senior, returns as well as 6-foot-2 senior Trenton Brown.

The coaches' son, 6-foot-2 senior Owen Leib, also is back along with 6-foot-4 senior Logan Moses.

Another senior; 5-foot-11 Landon Carder, along with senior Drew Hout, also 5-foot-11, round out a senior group that (according to Coach Leib) that have been playing ball together since they were in fourth grade.

Nick Schafer, a 6-foot-1 junior, was also mentioned by Coach Leib as a contributor.

“I am excited about this years group, they have been playing together since 4th grade. We have some length and skill, but lack physical toughness at times,” said Coach Leib, who played a Flora team that was an Elite Eight qualifier during the 1983-84 season and he also was the coach when he took the Wolves to the Elite Eight in 2005. “I think we will be competitive but will have to toughen up mentally. We have some potential to be good but will have to do it together."

OUTLOOK
– They look like a team that has some improvement in them and having the chemistry of having played together since grade school should help matters. The conference looks loaded but they could be a factor.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N27-D2 Carlyle "Kaskaskian Classic" J19-25 LIC Tournament

D5

Albion Edwards County J30 @ Altamont
D8 Lawrenceville F2 @ Casey-Westfield
D12 Mt. Carmel F3 @ Wayne City
D15 @ Marshall F6 Salem
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F8 @ Dieterich
J5 @ Robinson F9 Paris
J9 Woodlawn F13 Fairfield
J12 Highland F16 @ Bridgeport Red Hill
J16 @ Newton F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD