The Staunton Bulldogs must have felt like they were in the dog pound last season, as their young pups (12 kids, seven freshman on the roster) struggled against older players and deeper benches.
But the kids hung in there despite just a 3-25 mark under head coach Josh Krumwiede.
Coach K moved on to Dieterich and the coaching duties have been taken over by athletic director and former Gillespie head coach Troy Redfern.
This coach knows the area and conference (Litchfield graduate) and has been AD at the school for 16-years.
The good news about freshman is that they have all become sophomores with a year of varsity play on their resume.
Of the ones coming back, Brady Kinder is a 6-foot junior will the most experience.
Six-foot sophomore Griffin Bianco and 5-foot-6 sophomore Ryan Best also return for the Bulldogs who are searching for some improvement after bowing out of the 2A Wesclin Regional against Piasa Southwestern.
Some other players coming back include 5-foot-7 sophomores Lucas Sievers and Cullen McBride along with 5-foot-10 junior Andrew Novack.
Sophomores Tyler Grandidier and Cody Castaldi are also in the 5-foot-7 range
Coach Redfern also mentioned some additional help coming from some newbies to the team.
A quartet of seniors coming back; 6-foot Eric Hawquin, 5-foot-10 guard Chris Grandidier, 6-foot-2 Keis Coulter and 6-foot-2 Konner Henke all could see court play.
Ryan Billings, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, is also on the chart.
“We are very young still and inexperienced. I hope we continue to improve throughout the year and gain some valuable experience.,” said Coach Redfern.
N22 Lebanon J27 @ Raymond-Lincolnwood


@ Litchfield J30 @ Mt. Olive
D5 East Alton-Wood River J31 Hardin Calhoun
D8 Greenville F2 Vandalia
D12 @ Piasa Southwestern F3 Benton "Rich Herrin Shootout"
D15 @ Pana F6 @ Hillsboro
D21 @ Virden North Mac F8 Bunker Hill
D26-29 Carlinville Holiday Tournament F13 @ East Alton-Wood River
J6 @ Carlyle F16 Gillespie
J12 Roxana F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J13-20 Macoupin County Tournament @ Girard F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD