SHAWNEE
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Shawnee Redskins struggled last season, coming out of the gate 0-5 at the Trico Tournament and never fully recovering, posting just a pair of victories over Dongola in a 2-21 season that came to a close in the first round of the regional.

Head coach Russ Marsh returns and he is hoping for improvement across the board as he has kids coming back from last season to work with to hopefully get some positive results in 2017-18.

Coach Marsh, a Chicago area native who has coached basketball and softball in this area for several years now, will turn to a mix of seniors and underclassmen to try and get some things going.

He mentioned 6-foot-4 senior forward Dawson Johnson, 6-foot-3 senior Kannon Wills; two juniors 5-foot-6 guard Nick Rose and 6-foot-4 forward Austin Warren.

According to Coach Marsh, those kids were starters from last season.

Some letterwinners from Shawnee that return include 5-foot-6 sophomore Koby McLane, 5-foot-7 sophomore Ryan Schaefer and 6-foot-2 senior Trenton Matlock, who had some issues last season but returns for the Redskins.

Two freshmen; 5-foot-7 Kaden Baltzel and 5-foot-8 Justin Kaufman could end up helping this season.

Two seniors (Nick Baltzel and James Latham) graduated last season.

This team need leadership with four returning starters we should have some. Last year team had no one with any varsity experience and we played like it. Johnson and Wills my seniors both do a good job rebounding and Johnson also can score, he was second on team in scoring with 225-points. I'm looking for big things out of Austin Warren, who led the team in scoring over 300-points. He is a pure 3-point shooter, this kid plays both end of the floor,” said Coach Marsh. “Nick Rose is our point guard and he does good job handling the ball and good job on the defense side, too. This team must play defense and cut down turnovers. We must run our offense and have patience doing so. We must play smart basketball to be successful.”

OUTLOOK – For this mentor, last season was frustrating but he does have some kids that are willing to work. Good things usually comes with hard work and preparation for the obstacles ahead. A few more wins than last season would be welcomed in Wolf Lake.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE

D5

Joppa-Maple Grove J26 @ Elkville Elverado
D8 @ Ullin Century J30 @ Dongola
D12 @ Cobden F2 Tamms Egyptian
D15 @ Marion Agape Christian F6 Ullin Century
D19 @ Golconda Pope County F9 Mounds Meridian
J5 Elkville Elverado F13 @ Oak Ridge (MO.)
J16 Marion Agape Christian F16 @ Dongola
J20 Dongola F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD