LITCHFIELD

BY JACK BULLOCK
Coach Drew Logan had a tough season in 2016-17 with his team finishing just 5-25 with a quick exit in the postseason.

However there were some signs of improvement along the way and the Purple Panthers return four starters from the group who are looking to build upon what they got started a season ago.

“We went into last season with zero seniors and very little varsity experience,” said Coach Logan. “The goal was to focus on a 2 year plan knowing we would struggle at times throughout the season.”

The team did struggle but this coach saw signs of improvement in the second half of the season.

He has his two top scorers back from last season with senior Cam Morris, a 6-foot-1 senior, and Sam Painter, a 6-foot-2 junior.

Chase Lauderdale, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, along with 5-foot-11 senior Deundrea Holloway and Alex Bishop, a 5-foot-7 senior.

Five-foot-ten senior Trevor Geggie and 5-foot-9 senior Tai Dobrinich are new to the varsity.

Litchfield will also have some juniors returning with Seth McGill, 5-foot-11 Billy Beckham and 5-foot-6 point guard Jake Jurgena.

Look for some sophomores to get some looks in practice and minutes early in the season.

Coach Logan mentioned John Corso, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, who is nursing a broke foot, along with sophomore Brady Bishop, sophomore Anthony Boston and Austin Niehaus.

“We return a lot of experience from a 5-25 team and we started to close the gap on our opponents late last season. We had a solid summer that showed us what we can be if we work as a group. If we compete with and for each other this season we will be very competitive.,” said Coach Logan.

OUTLOOK – The outlook is much better now than it was a year ago at this time. Look for the Panthers to be much more competitive this season. They lack height in their lineup but they may be able to overcome that obstacle with some better fundamentals.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tournament J12 Gillespie

N28

Mt. Olive J13-20 Litchfield Invitational Tournament
D1 Staunton J23 @ Bunker Hill
D2 Vandalia J30 Auburn
D5 Piasa Southwestern F2 Greenville
D12 @ Roxana F6 @ Raymond-Lincolnwood
D19 @ Nokomis F9 @ Carlinville
D26-28 Carlinville Holiday Tournament F13 @ Pana
J5 Hillsboro F16 @ Virden North Mac
J9 @ East Alton-Wood River F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD