For Roxana head coach Mark Briggs, this will be a unique season for his Shells' program.

After an 12-18 season that ended in the in the 3A Regional at Bethalto Civic Memorial with a loss to the hosts, Roxana will feature a practically new lineup heading into the 2017-18 season.

All five starters and the ones who earned letters last winter have vanished from the program, leaving a lot of minutes available for the taking.

Coach Briggs did see his team move back down to 2A this season, which is a break of sorts for them when February rolls around.

As for now the job is to get the young kids who were junior varsity and also the ones in junior high, ready for prime time.

Talent wise, the Shells have some kids who will get a quick look right off of the bat.

Coach Briggs will have a couple of freshman that will begin the season in the starting lineup.

Five-foot-eight point guard Andrew Beckman and 5-foot-11 guard Gavin Huffman will be a big part of what goes on with the Shells this season.

Sophomore Jacob Golenor is a 6-foot guard that will be important as well.

Those three will share a lot of the scoring load.

Look for senior Brayden Davis to also be in the lineup along with two other freshman 6-foot Braeden Wells and 5-foot-10 Parris White.

Senior Logan Presley, junior Eddie Lara, junior Jacob Sitton and sophomore Adam Coles round out a roster with very little experience.

“We will be young and possibly the most inexperienced team I have coach in 18 years,” said Coach Briggs. “However, there is some upside to this years team and I am excited to watch these young men grow up over the course of the season.”

OUTLOOK – Yes the Shells will take some lumps this season but the good news is that by the time these freshman and sophomores become juniors and seniors, the experience that they will have lived through will be well worth the hard work. Look for Roxana to be in the middle of the league pack as they build towards the future.

N20-25 Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tournament J13-20 Litchfield Invitational Tournament


@ Carrollton J23 Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran
D8 @ East Alton-Wood River J26 Carlinville
D9 @ Pana J30 @ Gillespie
D12 Litchfield F3 Okawville
D15 Bethalto Civic Memorial F6 Piasa Southwestern
D29-30 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic" F9 @ Alton Marquette
J5 @ Greenville F13 Vandalia
J9 Waterloo Gibault F16 @ Hillsboro
J12 @ Staunton F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD