FREEBURG
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Midgets had a pretty good season last year under new head coach Matt Laur.
Being a 3A school in a pretty tough conference while playing a lot of good Metro-East teams, a 9-20 mark under a new head coaching philosophy is a step in the right direction.
Coach Laur was quite a player in his own right and has brought the same sort of toughness to his new club that should begin to pay out soon for this 3A school.
They finished just 1-9 in the Mississippi Division of the Cahokia Conference but that could change for the better at some point with continued work.
They are not much different size-wise to rival Columbia. The Eagles have adapted to the large school scene and the Midgets might as well get used to the surroundings in the postseason.
Three starters, the top three scorers, graduated in the spring and they took 28 points a night with them.
Will Berger, Zach Diecker and Awstin Weber will be sorely missed this winter.
For the 2016-17 edition of Freeburg basketball, Coach Laur will have a pair of returning starters to have in the lineup on opening night.
Six-foot seniors Bryce Rutledge and Parker Weiss both average modest five points a game each last season.
Letter winners; 6-foot-2 junior Zach Muir and 6-foot junior Quinn Haug both tossed in a few points each last season on average.
Coach Laur looks for juniors Greg Cockrell and Chandler Bonta to add size to the lineup at 6-foot-4 each.
Six-foot-one junior Alex Bumann should also see PT.
Six-foot-one Sophomore Carson Smith will be a key reserve and 6-foot freshman Luke Ervie will be a major contributor as well.
“This is a very fun group to coach. They have put in a tremendous amount of time in the weight room this off season to improve,” said Coach Laur. “They are very coach-able and are a tough group.”
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