BY JACK BULLOCK
In consecutive seasons the Mulberry Grove Aces produced 20-wins.

This isn't a common occurrence at the program and it is a tribute to hard work and keeping things moving forward.

However the most important piece of the successful run has left via graduation.

Courtlyn Latham was the top player for the Aces for the last three seasons of his prep career and he will be sorely missed.

Senior teammates that also started and played major roles were Donte Latham and Kade Swain.

Add to the list a pair of reserves; Braeden Links and Connor Brown, who contributed to the winning ways, are also gone.

Six-foot-five senior forward Wyatt Criner returns as a three-year starter.

Kaleb Scoggins is a 6-foot-3 senior. Those two will be the team leaders as the Aces will be missing a lot of offense and defense from 2018-19.

Both of those front court players were important in their 20-8 season last winter.

MG will also have seniors 6-foot guard Brayden Mosley, 5-foot-11 guard Marcus Redou, 5-foot-6 guard Brannt Peterson and Elijah Erck.

According to Coach Beckham, all have been working hard and are ready to contribute.

Five-foot-eleven junior Jackson Isringhausen and junior Ty Bauer will push for time along with sophomores Tucker Johnson, Elias Goodin and Gavin Plant.

According to Coach Beckham, all have been working hard and are ready to contribute.

“We have the philosophy at Mulberry Grove that you are either "ALL IN or you're in the way,” This lets the kids know that if they are not doing everything they can to get better everyday, both on and off the court, then they are not only selling themselves short but also letting their team down,” said Coach Beckham.

OUTLOOK – It goes without saying that Latham will be missed but the ones returning have showed a willingness to work for Coach Beckham. Criner was very important to the team last year and having him back is a plus. The Aces should challenge St. Elmo-Brownstown for the EIC title. Both are entered in the Mulberry Grove Thanksgiving Tournament this week so a preview of what is to come could happen on Saturday.

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Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 106 (1A)
D3 Sandoval
Conference: Egyptian Illini
D6 Litchfield
Colors: Royal Blue/Orange
D10 @ Patoka
Head Coach: Andrew Beckham
D13 @ Bunker Hill
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 20-8
D17-21 St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
State Tournament Result:
J3 @ Father McGivney
Lost to Odin, 53-50
J4 North Clay Shootout
@ 1A Odin Regional.
J7 Lebanon 1
J10 Ramsey l
J13-18 Morrisonville "Mohawk Classic" l
J24 @ St. Elmo/Brownstown l
J28 Nokomis l
J31 Christ Our Rock Lutheran `
F4 Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City l
F7 Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg l
F11 Odin l
F14 @ Farina South Central l
F18 Marissa/Coulterville l
F21 @ Ramsey 1
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1