The Steeleville Warriors picked up another 20-win season and their new head coach inherits some talent that he is very familiar with in his first head coaching stint.

Coach Aaron Fiene moves up from the junior varsity to take over for Coach Bryce Bainter who resigned last spring.

He must replace four senior starters from a year ago that are gone; R.J. Smith, Reid Frederking, Andrew Grafton and Dusty Sutton.

The Warriors went 20-9 and shared the Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division championship with Marissa-Coulterville last season.

They will turn to the lone returning starter from a year ago and some kids with some experience as they head into the season.

Owen Gross, a 6-foot-2 junior, is back for the Warriors as a guard/forward type who can play multiple positions on the floor.

Six-foot-six Nic Ebers is a senior returning who played a lot for the Warriors last season as did 6-foot-7 senior Noah Valleroy and 6-foot-4 senior Eli Wittenborn

Brad Mevert, a 6-foot-1 junior, is also returning who Coach Fiene says 'works as hard as anyone on the team.'

Gavin Conway, a 5-foot-11 junior, 6-foot junior guard Mel Mulholland, and 5-foot-10 junior AJ Sterns will be in the picture.

Coach Fiene has some sophomores who look like they will help; 6-foot-2 Jordan Wilson, 5-foot-10 Austin Hagel and 5-foot-10 Jacob Sutton.

“We are gonna pressure the ball as much as we can and try to limit teams to low percentage shots with no second chance points,” said Coach Fiene. “All of the kids had good summers and hit the gym to get stronger. Gross will be a tough matchup for teams because he is a lot stronger. Our returning seniors played on a good junior varsity team last season and they are moving up to varsity now. Getting stronger and faster has been a priority.”

OUTLOOK – They are one of the favorites in this conference and they should be in the 20-win range again. This team looks to have some depth to them, which is a key when playing in the tournaments that they deal with on a yearly basis. Gross continues to improve and their size will be difficult for most 1A teams to handle. They will be one of those teams that no one will want to play in the regional and the likely conference champs.

N27-D2 Trico Pioneer Invitational Tournament J23 @ Valmeyer


Valmeyer J26 New Athens
D5 Red Bud J27 Pinckneyville Showcase
D8 Marissa-Coulterville J30 @ Marissa-Coulterville
D12 @ Dupo F2 Dupo
D15 @ Okawville F3 Sparta
D26-30 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament F6 @ Lebanon
J5 Lebanon F9 @ Campbell Hill Trico
J9 @ Red Bud F16 @ New Athens
J16-20 Sparta Mid-Winter Classic F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD