If the Red Hill Salukis had been Class 1A last season, this preview
might have congratulations in them for a regional championship.
coach Bryan Havill had a pretty strong team last season but
they were just over the cutoff for the classifications and were
one of the smaller 2A teams.
instead of having a workable path to a long postseason journey,
the Salukis ended up with a 53-36 loss to Mt. Carmel on the
Golden Aces floor in the regional finale.
season Red Hill won both tournaments that they played in that
featured 1A schools (Wayne City. Dieterich) and would have been
a tough matchup for any of the eventual regional winners.
it wasn't to be.
season the 1A spot is much more controllable for this coach
but he has a lot of production to replace.
from the squad last season that ended up 22-10 are three seniors
that provided a total of 40 points a game for Red Hill.
Moore (16 p.p.g), Parker Havill (14 p.p.g) and Conner Mckinney
(10 p.p.g) have graduated.
frontcourt players returning have the most experience.
junior Drake Allen and 6-foot-7 senior Nathan Wirth are back
with some numbers that should increase this season.
(eight p.p.g) and Wirth (five p.p.g) will both be called upon
to increase those totals.
Havill mentioned some kids returning that have earned letters.
junior Camren Ray was the first one off of the pine last season
for Red Hill.
on the list include 6-foot-1 senior and 6-foot-1 senior Gavin
missed his junior season but is back for his senior year.
sophomore Andrew Maxfield and 5-foot-9 sophomore Dawson Holtz
sophomore Anthony Jerrell transferred in from nearby Lawrenceville.
is no doubt we have a lot of holes to fill from a year ago.
However Allen, Wirth, and Ray bring some experience for us,”
said Coach Havill. “ Allen and Wirth started every game
last season and Ray was our sixth man. Henry got some time as
well last year. Volkman did not play his junior year but is
back out for his senior year. If this is the group we have come
November we can be very competitive. We lost a lot from last
season, but I think this group has something to prove.”
– It is still a big question on whether or not the Salukis
will be a serious contender in the LIC. However the postseason
looks much more intreging. The guard play will be tantamount
for this team to approaching 20-wins like they enjoyed a year
ago. There should be more bounce in the step of this club knowing
that February will be much more kind than last year.