FREEBURG
BY JACK BULLOCK
Finishing at 17-14 last winter while going 2-6 in the Mississippi Division, the Midgets head into 2017-18 with two starters back from a team that picked up a regional win last season (Waterloo) before losing to eventual regional champ Cahokia.

Coach Matt Laur has two starters back and some key reserves to work with to build on the success from last season.

“I am very excited about this team. These guys are now in year 3 of our system and have really figured things out,” said Coach Laur. “They are a great group of young men that work their tails off.”

Zach Muir, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, returns (5.3 p.p.g.) and 6-foot senior Quinn Haug (seven points, five rebounds) are back for Freeburg.

Coach Laur also mentioned Luke Ervie, a 6-foot sophomore who netted 6.4 points a night last winter as a freshman.

Six-foot-four senior Greg Cockrell, 6-foot-4 senior Chandler Bonta, 6-foot-2 junior Carson Smith, 6-foot-3 junior Conner Diecker and 5-foot-8 junor Owen Smith will all be part of the plan.

“We have toughened up the schedule a bit by going to Carlyle for the Kaskaskian Tourney. We also picked up a game in the "Sager Strong Shootout" at MICDS in St. Louis,” said Coach Laur. “I think our conference will once again be very good. We play Pinckneyville in the Carlyle tournament and we saw them a few times this summer. Bobby has a heck of a squad.”

OUTLOOK – This club could be improved this season but the tournaments and the regular season games that they will play won't be easy to pick up wins. They will be up against a lot of good programs and the Kaskaskian Tournament should give this mentor a sense of where they are at heading forward.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N24-D2 Carlyle "Kaskaskian Classic" J16-20 Sparta "Midwinter Classic"

D5

@ Waterloo J23 @ Glen Carbon Father McGivney
D8 Carlyle J26 @ Breese Central
D9 MICDS Shootout J30 Okawville
D15 @ Columbia F2 @ Salem
D22 Red Bud F6 Troy Triad
D26-29 Freeburg/Columbia Holiday Tournament F9 @ Trenton Wesclin
J2 Salem F16 Columbia
J5 Trenton Wesclin F23 Breese Central
J12 @ Carlyle F26-M2 IHSA Regional TBD