BRIDGEPORT RED HILL

BY JACK BULLOCK
Losing ones top scorer to graduation is something that most teams go through but Red Hill head coach Bryan Havill will turn to four returning starters as the season begins for the Salukis.

Kameron Vinsel was one of the South's top scorers last season at 22.9 points a night.

He will undoubtedly be missed.

However four returning starters should be able to move forward and pick up the slack.

Coach Havill will turn to these four vets as they head into 2017-18.

Five-foot-eleven junior Drew Moore averaged 15.8 points a game for Red Hill a year ago and he is the top returning gun.

Look for Corbin Shoulders, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, to also spike up the numbers a bit.

He was in the eight points per game range as a junior.

Six-foot-two senior Andy Wells and 5-foot-11 senior Chase Murray all bring experience to the table.

The battle for the fifth starter and the order of the reserves off the pine will be determined on the fly as the Salukis are co-hosts of the Lawrence County Capital Classic.

Parker Havill, a 5-foot-11 junior, along with 5-foot-11 junior Cade Benson also return.

Another junior, 5-foot-10 guard Conner McKinney, should be part of the plans.

Two of his players, 6-foot-4 senior Mitchell Nash, and 6-foot-1 sophomore Wyatt Shoulders, are coming off of knee injuries.

“We play in a very tough conference. Our goal is to finish in the top three and try to play for a regional championship this year,” said Coach Havill. “We lost a huge senior player last season in Vinsel but we have some other kids ready to step up.”

OUTLOOK – Having been bumped up to 2A a couple of seasons ago hurt this program's postseason chances but it hasn't darkened the mood here. The Salukis play the kind of schedule that will get them ready for later in the year. They will be a threat to win this league title and perhaps some postseason hardware.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE

N24-25

Lawrence Co. Capital Classic J16 @ Marshall
N28 Hutsonville-Palestine J19-26 LIC Tournament @ TBD
D1 @ Lawrenceville J30 @ Hutsonville-Palestine
D8 Olney Richland F2 @ Neoga
D9-16 Wayne City Holiday Tournament F3 Cisne
J2 @ Casey-Westfield F6 Lawrenceville
J5 Newton F9 @ Robinson
J6 @ Fairfield F13 Edwards County
J9 Oblong F16 Flora
J12 Paris F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD