The Newton Eagles, members of the Little Illini Conference, led by head coach Doug Mammoser finished middle of the pack last season in the league at 12-16 overall, 4-5 in the LIC.
The Eagles didn't fly long in the post-season, either.
They dropped a quick 70-59 decision at the Casey-Westfield 2A Regional.
Brock Mammoser was the team's leading scorer last season as has graduated leaving a scoring void.
Coach Mammoser heads into his 20th season at the helm with just two starters returning and some question marks, like most teams do that try to improve on a sub .500 mark.
The returning starters are 6-foot senior Mitch Jansen and 6-foot-4 junior Nick Cohorst.
Coach Mammoser will turn to four other seniors to step to the plate.
Five-foot-ten Tim Weber, 6-foot Joe Stone, 6-foot-1 Michael Koebele and 6-foot Nate Meinhart represent the upperclassmen.
Junior forward 6-foot-2 Collin Harris will also be called to duty for Coach Mammoser, who is 306-212 in 19-years, all at Newton.
“We were playing well at the end of the season before losing to Robinson at the regional,” said Coach Mammoser. “We will be much better this year. We will have to find new people to score for us to replace Brock. We will be deep and should be able to pressure teams. Nick Cohorst could have a big year. He has everything you need to be a very good basketball player. Rebounding and defense will be the focus of this team.”
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