BY JACK BULLOCK
Things haven't been so good at Hamilton County in the last few seasons.

The Foxes program has struggled with numbers, both in participation and in victories.

However head coach Doug Miller knew what he was taking on when he took over the program last season, returning to his home town to coach.

Hamilton County went 5-27 last winter and got nailed at the buzzer by Harrisburg in the regional which Coach Miller described as “summing up our season in a nutshell.”

However like most turnarounds, it will take hard work and this coach will keep rolling up the sleeves.

Three seniors are missing from last winter; point guard Austin Gray, forward Sam Lueke three-year starter Hunter Braden.

Five seniors are coming back with experience, which is a good thing in Hamilton County's case.

Six-foot-four senior Gus Walden and 5-foot-11 senior Garrett Webb return after they both averaged around 10 points a night.

Six-foot-one senior Evan Shelton and 5-foot-8 senior Kaden Richards are back while it will be January before Coach Miller will have the services of 6-foot-3 senior Zac Weaver back.

Weaver broke his leg playing football in the fall.

Look for 5-foot-8 junior Brandon Peters and 5-foot-10 sophomores Tyce Gordon
and Brady Thrane to get a chance.

Six-foot-three junior Robbie Morgan is recovering from an ACL tear and will likely start the season in a limited role.

“We have been 3-47 last 10 Benton Invitational Tournaments and we haven't won a trophy since 2008 at Eldorado Holiday Tournament. We have had nine consecutive losing seasons. Despite all of that, our goal is to get better every day, and work harder than any team on our schedule,” said Coach Miller. “We hit fundamentals and shooting hard all summer. We did see improvements and we're building a winning culture at Hamilton County. I have a great coaching staff that works very hard and we have some of the best kids in the world to work with. We only won five games last year but our staff, and myself, thought we were going to have a chance to win almost all of our games and I hope that leads to our kids expect to win every game they play this upcoming year. Because if you don’t think you can win, you won’t.”

OUTLOOK – Getting better is the goal and they will get there with this coach and his staff. There are some hard workers on this team because Coach Miller won't have it any other way. Although they could end up last again in the East they should be much tougher to deal with game in and game out.

D2-7

Goreville Invitational Tournament
Enrollment: 376 (2A)
D13 Edwards County
Conference: Black Diamond East
D17 @ Fairfield
Colors: Kelly Green/White
D20 @ Carmi-White County
Head Coach: Doug Miller
D21 Eldorado
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 5-27
D26-28 Eldorado Holiday Tournament
State Tournament Result:
J10 Christopher
Lost to Harrisburg, 50-49
J11 @ Norris City-Omaha-Enfield
@ 2A Harrisburg Regional.
J14 @ Carterville 1
J17 Johnston City l
J18 @ Carrier Mills-Stonefort l
J20-25 Benton Invitational Tournament l
J31 @ Eldorado l
F7 @ Edwards County l
F8 Gallatin County l
F11 Fairfield l
F14 Carmi-White County l
F15 @ Waltonville l
F21 @ Johnston City l
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1