MARISSA-COULTERVILLE
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Meteors played some good teams pretty tough last season but their record didn't reflect how good they really were.
They finished just 9-19 overall, 4-6 in the Kaskaskia Division of the Cahokia Conference, and were a quick out at the Lebanon 1A Regional by eventual regional titlist Okawville.
For head coach Scott Wine he has the top player from last year's squad returning.
Five-foot-seven senior point guard Kyle Smith is back.
Smith has wore the varsity Orange and Black since his freshman year and he was one of the top scorers in the Metro-East St. Louis area, having averaged 21.6 points a night.
But only Tony Stoddard, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, averaged double-figures (12.0 p.p.g.) to help out the scoring last season.
Smith is approaching the school scoring and assist records. He finished his junior year around 350-points away from the scoring record.
This season behind this backcourt, the Meteors could be right in the hunt for a conference title in a wide-open Kaskaskia Division.
Five-foot-eight junior Chase Daugherty and 5-foot-9 junior forward James Inman averaged five points a game between them last winter.
Other letter winners who return are 5-foot-10 sophomore Cameron Bowlby, 6-foot-3 senior forward Blaine Knope and 5-foot-9 senior guard Nathan Parkinson.
On down the list of possibles; 5-foot-9 junior guard Mason McHughes and 6-foot-2 Eric Stienkraus.
Coach Wine mentioned 5-foot-9 freshman guard Logan Jones and newcomer to the program, 6-foot-2 senior forward Josh Diercks.
M-C lost three seniors to graduation last spring; Anthony Mixon, Ryan Howie and Waylan Caldwell.
“We should be much more athletic than the past few years,” said Coach Wine, a Coulterville grad from 1979 with 19-years coaching experience. “Bowlby, Daugherty and Jones should take some pressure off of Smith. Stoddard missed 12 games last year due to injury and was our second leading scorer. We need our big guys to play good solid defense and be willing rebounders. As of now I feel like we can go 10 deep without much drop off.”
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