With a new coach taking over, the Ramsey Rams basketball team will try to move upward after picking up just one win last winter.
The Rams dropped to a 1-21 record, 0-5 in the Egyptian Illini Conference and didn't last long in the post-season, losing to Central A&M in the regional.
Their lone win was against Decatur Christian and they will need a vast improvement this season to get additional wins.
Coach Andrew Beckham takes over the coaching duties after coaching the girl's team at the school the past two seasons.
Beckham is a Du Quoin graduate who played football at McKendree.
He hopes to bring a new stability to a school that has had multiple coaching changes in its recent history.
Five-foot-eight senior Brady Black returns. He has played varsity basketball since he was a freshman while Kolten Adermann, a 6-foot-1 junior, also has logged a lot of court-time.
Five-foot-eleven junior guard Jalen Roberts was also a starter from last season.
The rest of the kids coming back all played at some level for the Rams last season.
Jake Stokes-Warner, a 5-foot-9 senior, 5-foot-9 senior Dannie Sieben, 6-foot-2 senior Tommy Luttrell, 5-foot-9 junior Cole Burns and 5-foot-9 senior Tyler Wilson are all hold overs.
Coach Beckham mentioned 5-foot-10 senior Devon Mercer, 5-foot-10 senior Dalton Mercer along with Ty Camez.
Incoming freshman could make a difference this season.
His list included Kendell Adermann, Drew Carroll, Hayden Seaton, Koester Cook, Marshall Clark, Wayde Stevens, and Andy Dunn.
When you are starting over after only one victory the previous season, no jobs are safe.
“With a new coach coming in we are putting a new system in place that will hopefully turn the tide here in Ramsey. The boys are coming in and working hard to compete with each other and make each other better day after day. Brady Black was the second leading scorer last year so we will look to him for some senior leadership. Kolten Adermann and Jalen Roberts are both juniors that started last year and will look to pick up right where they left off last year. We have a good rotation of upperclassmen under those three that will all see quality time at the varsity level in Tyler Wilson, Dalton Mercer, Dannie Sieben, Devon Mercer, Tommy Luttrell, Jake Stokes-Warner, and Cole Burns. We are also fortunate to have a strong freshman class coming in that will push the upperclassmen to see varsity time,” said Coach Beckham. “This year we have the mindset that the past is in the past, we are going to start over from scratch and do the things necessary to not have history repeat itself. If the boys come in with the mindset that we can play with any team we see this year I think we will compete in every game. The main thing is getting the boys to buy in to a new system and compete with each other everyday to get better throughout the year. As long as we can be clicking on all cylinders by February, we will put up a fight against any team we play in the post season.”
N20-25 Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament J10 Odin


@ Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City J19 Neoga
D4 Decatur Christian J23 Mowequa Central A&M
D5 @ Martinsville F2 Raymond-Lincolnwood
D9 @ Elkville Elverado F5 Sandoval
D12-16 St. Elmo Holiday Tournament F9 @ Patoka
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F13 @ Glen Carbon Father McGivney
J5 @ Mulberry Grove F16 Mulberry Grove
J9 @ St. Elmo-Brownstown F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD