Johnston City enters a new season with a veteran head coach leading the way, with a change being made this summer.

Scott Burzynski, a long-time head coach at Carterville as well as a player at both Sesser-Valier and Southern Illinois University, has taken over the duties while also returning to teaching.

He inherits a club that had a roller coaster sort of season in 2016-17 (15-16 overall, 2-8 BDC-E) that was cut short with a quick exit from the post-season.

Five seniors from last year, including EJ Thompson, have left the program.

However this head coach is optimistic for a new beginning of Indians' basketball.

Three senior hold overs have a lot of experience with 6-foot-2 post-man Tyler Yotkewich along with 6-foot-3 forward Luca Gualdoni and 5-foot-8 guard Matt Campbell returning for a final season in Red and Black.

Coach Burzynski mentioned a junior class that features six players with varying degrees of experience.
Five-foot-ten guard Chase Selby and 5-foot-8 guard Houston Hall are part of the core of players in the hunt for minutes.

Look for Dallas Johnson, a 5-foot-10 forward, 6-foot-2 center Josh McPheron, 5-foot-7 guard Tyler Beasley and 5-foot-7 guard Donavan Hutchinson are what Coach Burzynski considers a strong junior group.

The Indians did manage to win the inaugural Egyptian Invitational Tournament last January and they almost made it to .500 overall.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Johnston City has given me. I am excited to be teaching and coaching,” said Coach Burzynski. “The kids did a great job this past summer. We really worked this summer getting to know each other. Throughout the summer we established how we want to play. We have a lot more to cover, but the guys competed and are anxious for the season.”

OUTLOOK – Last season this club improved their wins from six to 15 in a year's time. There is no reason to believe that with the hard work they have shown that more improvement is likely. There are athletes in this system and this mentor should be able to get the most out of them. He helped build a pretty good program at Carterville and, despite not having the numbers at JC, look for good things to happen in the coming months and years.
N27-D2 Goreville Invitational Tournament J16-21 Egyptian Invitational Tournament


Fairfield J26 @ Fairfield
D8 Carmi-White County J27 Wayne City
D12 @ Sesser-Valier J30 @ Zeigler-Royalton
D15 @ Eldorado F2 @ Carmi-White County
D22 Galatia F3 Elizabethtown Hardin County
D26-29 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament F6 Albion Edwards County
J5 @ Albion Edwards County F9 Eldorado
J9 @ Webber Township F16 McLeansboro Hamilton County
J12 @ McLeansboro Hamilton County F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD