MASSAC COUNTY
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Joe Hosman heads into year number 37 as a head coach, the past 31 of those seasons spent at Massac County.

This mentor, and long time friend of ABV, sports a 711-383 overall career record.

He is two-wins shy of 600-wins at Massac County.

When talking to him, one would never know that he has this many games under his belt.

He still is young at heart, and that is what keeps him fired up about his kids and his school.

The Patriots this season have some talent back from a squad that finished just 13-13 overall after a rough start.

Massac County managed to put together an 8-of-10 stretch to close the regular season before losing to Carterville in the 3A regional.

Three starters return, including one of the top players in the South.

Six-foot-six senior Isaiah Thompson averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds a contest last season. He is approaching 1,000-career points.

The Patriots will have some others up front with size as 6-foot-4 senior Cade Burgess returns as does 6-foot senior guard Noah Taylor.

Three other seniors were mentioned as ones that could see early season playing time along with some underclassmen that will push for minutes.

Six-foot-three senior Cole Vickers, 6-foot-4 senior Blaze Mitchell and 6-foot senior Eli Windhorst will have a chance.

Hayden Lee, a 6-foot-4 junior, along with 6-foot-3 junior Drake Davenport and 6-foot- junior Matt Yates to be in the picture.

The sophomores include 6-foot-2 Jase Mizell, 6-foot Zach Travis and 6-foot-2 Julian Russell.

That is a pretty good roster for the Patriots to begin the season with.

“We have much more depth this year and better shooters and that should help,” said Coach Hosman. “Isaiah Thompson first double-double player I've coached at Massac County.

OUTLOOK – This program doesn't have many down years and they were playing their best basketball at the end of the season. Look for the Patriots to be in the running for the league championship. They appear to have much more depth this season and their offense should improve. The schedule will still be tough but that will make things much more enjoyable when they pick up more victories this season as they will ad to the legacy of this mentor.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N27-D2 Du Quoin "Tip-Off Classic" J26 Murphysboro

N30

Marshall County "Hoopfest" J30 Ballard County (KY.)
D8 @ Murphysboro F2 @ Harrisburg
D9 @ Marion F3 Carterville
D15 Harrisburg F9 Herrin
D16 @ Anna-Jonesboro F10 Benton
D28-30 Eldorado Holiday Tournament F13 @ Eldorado
J5 @ Benton F16 West Frankfort
J12 @ West Frankfort F20 @ Herrin
J15-20 Metropolis "Superman Classic" F26-M2 IHSA Regional TBD