If you want to talk about trying to replace a great player, look at the job head coach Scott Wine at Marissa-Coulterville has on his hands this winter.

He will look on the bus and on the roster and he won't be able to find one of the best players to ever suit up for this program.

Five-foot-seven guard Kyle Smith, who set all sorts of records in the past four years, has graduated.

Smith, an ABV all-south second team choice, took his 20+ scoring average and his nearly 10+ assist average per contest, down the isle on graduation day, leaving a hole in the lineup that will need a lot of help filling.

Coach Wine saw his team tie Steeleville for the league title last season, by beating the Warriors late in year on the road to split the top honor.

But Smith wasn't the only quality player on the 18-11 club that made it to the regional title game before losing to Okawville.

Tony Stoddard, Blaine Knope, Josh Diercks, Nate Parkinson and Eric Stoddard all hit the bricks, so there are job openings that need immediate filling as the 2017-18 campaign starts.

There is a mixture of players returning with experience for the Meteors.

Three of them are seniors; 5-foot-10 James Inman, 5-foot-11 Mason McHughes and 5-foot-11 Brandon Riggins.

One of the players that caught the ABV eye last season was 6-foot junior guard Cameron Bowlby.

Five-foot-ten junior guard John Broshears, 6-foot sophomore Logan Jones, 6-foot-2 swingman Anthony Allen transferred in from Roxana and he could end up with some playing time according to Coach Wine.

Coach Wine also mentioned 6-foot-1 sophomore forward Blake Steinwagnor, 5-foot-10 sophomore guard Kade Portz and 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Austin Gilley.

Six-foot-one sophomore Austin Lawless will also be in there somewhere.

“This could be a very interesting year for us. If our guard play is good then we could have a chance to be pretty competitive. We don't have much size so we will look to push the ball and play a pressure defense,” said Coach Wine. “Valmeyer has everyone back from last year and Steeleville will be really big, I would think that they should be the favorites to win the conference but to to bottom should be really even.”

OUTLOOK – The Smith departure hurts but the ones coming up can have the attitude that this is their team now. Coach Wine has some talent and athletes to work with. They don't have a lot of size but they have some quickness that can overcome the height shortcomings. The Meteors won't be going away. They will be more than competitive in this league.

N20-25 Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tournament J16 @ Dupo


@ Elkville Elverado J23 @ Lebanon
D1 Glen Carbon (IL.) Father McGivney J27 @ Sparta
D5 Dupo J30 Steeleville
D8 @ Steeleville F2 @ Valmeyer
D12 Lebanon F3 Centralia CORL @ Coulterville
D26-29 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament F6 @ Red Bud
J5 @ New Athens F9 New Athens
J6 Red Bud F16 Valmeyer
J8-13 Chester Invitational Tournament F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD