HAMILTON COUNTY
BY JACK BULLOCK
Hamilton County suffered through a tough campaign in 2015-16, producing just a 4-21 record and a quick exit from the regional tournament last season.
Head coach Jeremy Varner inherited a club that showed some signs of improvement last winter but didn't have a lot to show for it at the end.
This season he has some kids back that look to improve.
Oakley Dial, a 6-foot senior was a starter from last season.
In fact most of the kids in uniform that return played lots of minutes
Austin Potter is a 5-foot-10 senior who was also in the mix, as was 6-foot-2 Noah Rapp and 6-foot-3 senior Ethan Rapp.
6-foot junior Jake Whipple and 5-foot-10 Matt Rubenacker will also be a part of the rebuilding.
Add the names Dalton Miller, a 6-foot-1 senior, and senior guards 5-foot-8 Tyler Gray and 5-foot-11 Jordan Pike to the list along with Kyle Van Abbema, a 6-foot-1 junior.
When you go 4-21, most jobs in the starting lineup will be up for grabs the next season.
The good news is that there are plenty of players to dress in Green and White that all have varsity experience.
“Experience can not be the excuse this year. Our defense must set the tone from the beginning of the season. We must get some easy buckets in transition and be unselfish and patient in the half court,” said Coach Varner.
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N27-D2 Goreville Invitational Tournament J12 Johnston City

D8

Albion Edwards County J15-20 Benton Invitational Tournament
D12 @ Fairfield J26 @ Eldorado
D15 @ Carmi-White County F2 @ Albion Edwards County
D21 Eldorado F3 Benton "Rich Herrin" Shootout
D26-28 Eldorado Holiday Tournament F6 Fairfield
J2 @ Carrier Mills-Stonefort F9 Carmi-White County
J5 @ Christopher F10 @ Waltonville
J6 @ Norris City-Omaha-Enfield F16 @ Johnston City
J9 Du Quoin F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD