The Odin Eagles will now have their third different head coach in as many seasons as Tyler Mitchell comes in after a successful three year stint at Waltonville.

He takes over a program that has some young talent returning from a 12-13 club that was knocked out of the North Clay 1A Regional by eventual state champs Effingham St. Anthony.

Coach Mitchell has one really good sophomore back after a prosperous freshman year.

Six-foot-two sophomore Lucas Schaffer comes back after flashing some skills and signs of things to come.

He is a left-handed scorer and can handle the ball well.

Gage Roberts, a 6-foot junior, also returns after starting as a junior.

Six-foot senior Seth Nix, 6-foot senior Bryson Smith and 6-foot-4 Dylan Friend are also back.

“I believe this guy (Friend) is going to be one of the biggest reasons for our success this season. He is very long for 1A basketball and is a good rim protector. Also he is a very skilled offensive player and with the shooters around him it should allow for him to get some 1-on-1 match ups for himself in the post,” said Coach Mitchell. “He is also able to extend the floor with some good shooting ability. I definitely believe that Friend is our x- factor for this season.”

Sophomore Tristan Rhynes, a 6-foot-5 forward, and senior transfer from Waltonville Caleb Jourdan, a 6-foot-3 forward, gives the Eagles some added depth and ability.

“We have a ton of offensive talent and some really good athletes. What I believe is going to separate us this year is our decision making and how tough we are on defense. Getting stops is obviously a huge part of the game,” said Coach Mitchell, a Zeigler-Royalton grad who was 46-34 in three seasons at Waltonville. “I think we will be able to score with the best of them but getting defensive stops and controlling the game on the defensive side of the floor will be the difference maker.”

OUTLOOK – This club could surprise some teams this season. They have some size, skills in the backcourt and hopefully a more stable situation on the bench after three different game plans in three different seasons. Schaffer is one to keep an eye on as far as potential all-state players. He was ABV special mention as a freshman, a rarity for this website. Defensively they struggled a year ago. That part of the game will have to improve if Odin is going to get their program moving in the right direction.

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Patoka J30 Waltonville
D1 Farina South Central F2 Wayne City
D5 Webber Township F6 @ Mulberry Grove
D8 @ Woodlawn F8 @ Cisne
D26-29 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament F9 Brooklyn Lovejoy
J9 @ Sandoval F13 @ St. Elmo-Brownstown
J10 @ Ramsey F16 Grayville
J12 Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J15-20 MTC Tournament @ Woodlawn F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD