OLNEY RICHLAND
BY JACK BULLOCK
There are a handful of schools in the ABV area that have been hurt by the enrollment cutoff between the classes.

Olney Richland is one of the teams that is just slightly above the cutoff for 2A, which puts them in the same category as teams with a lot more students than the Tigers have.

Head coach Rob Flanagan, to his credit, has taken it in stride and he always puts a quality team on the floor ready for battles.

This season, the Tigers are coming off of a 13-16 year in which they lost to Effingham in the regional semifinals.

According to this coach, Olney Richland will have a new look to them in 2017-18.

Three of the starters from a year ago got LIC honors at the end of the season, including Gage Miller,who was first team all-LIC and Luke Lambird, who was second team.

Trevor Dobbs was honorable mention LIC.

All three, along with Dylan Klinger and Dalton Mitchell, have left.

Coach Flanagan will turn to a couple of experienced players and some younger kids to head into this winter.

Brent Hatten, a 6-foot-3 junior, and 6-foot-2 junior Sutton Dunn, will likely end up leading this team.

Two seniors; Kye Stallard and Connor Zuber will be counted on to step up and play well.

Junior Braden Adams and sophomore Kaleb Foster, will also be in the mix.

The Tigers will be very young in the backcourt with junior Dakotah Brown and freshman Braden Flanagan will inherit the responsibility of handling the ball.

Coach Flanagan will look to juniors Chase Williams and Reid Doll round out the potential players who could see minutes.

They will be tested early in the season against some tough competition.

“We are almost a whole new team,” said Coach Flanagan. “The young kids are going to have to step forward.”

OUTLOOK – This team will likely end up in the middle of the pack but they will also end up being a thorn in the side of anyone who takes them for granted.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N24-25 Lawrence Co. "Capital Classic" J12 @ Flora

D1

Robinson J16 Casey-Westfield
D8 @ Bridgeport Red Hill J19-26 LIC Tournament @ Bridgeport
D9 Fairfield J30 Grayville
D15 Paris F2 Lawrenceville
D16 @ Mt. Carmel F6 @ Effingham
D22 Breese Mater Dei F9 @ Newton
D29-30 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic" F13 @ Salem
J5 @ Marshall F20 Mattoon
J6 Effingham St. Anthony Shootout F26-M2 IHSA Regional TBD