BY JACK BULLOCK
Okaw Valley and head coach Brooks Inman have reason to look forward to the 2019-20 campaign as they return nearly everyone from last season's team.

They finished a misleading 12-20 overall and were dropped out of the state tournament by eventual third place finisher Central A&M.

Three-year varsity point guard Sam Hagerman graduated but the rest or back.

The Timberwolves will feature three senior guards with experience.

Cameron Sharp, a 5-foot-10 senior, is a holdover from last season.

Five-foot-ten senior Camden Coleman and 6-foot senior Cole Nichols are also back.

Coach Inman mentioned two juniors and three sophomores heading into the season.

Eli Hagerman, at 5-foot-10, and 5-foot-8 Luke Vander Burgh are the juniors.

Six-foot Tyson Montgomery, 5-foot-9 Kadan Miller and 6-foot-1 Cale Roley are the sophomores for Okaw Valley.

“We have never been the biggest, tallest, or fastest team on the court, but our kids will work for everything they get. They don't know how to quit and are relentless on the defensive end.
Our team defense and sharing the ball on offense will be our biggest keys,” added Coach Inman.

With the schedule that Okaw Valley plays these kids will need to “bring it” every night.

“We play a difficult non-conference schedule that includes the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament, Nokomis, Shelbyville, Tuscola, and Central A&M,” said Coach Inman. “We are also in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.”

OUTLOOK – This team has some talented ones who will be very prepared after taking on such a tough schedule. Being 1A in that area, however, isn't an easy task to deal with in the postseason. Another double-digit win total is more than likely.

N25-30 Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament
Enrollment: 166 (1A)
D3 Nokomis
Conference: Lincoln Prairie
D6 Shelbyville
Colors: Royal Blue/Black/Silver
D7 Tuscola
Head Coach: Brooks Inman
D10 @ Sullivan
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 12-20
D20 @ Central A&M
State Tournament Result:
D23 Ramsey
Lost to Central A&M, 73-40
D26-30 Vandalia Holiday Tournament
@ 1A Edinburg Regional.
J3 @ Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg
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J7 @ Villa Grove/Heritage
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J10 Farmer City Blue Ridge
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J11 Morton Shootout
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J17 Sangamon Valley
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J18 Neoga
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J21 @ Decatur LSA
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J24-F1 LPC Tournament
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F4 @ Cerro Gordo/Bement
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F7 Tri-County
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F11 @ Argenta-Oreana
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F14 Arcola
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F18 Cumberland
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F21 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
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F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD a