TEUTOPOLIS
BY JACK BULLOCK
Despite the drama that happened at this school over the dismissal of a long-time head coach and the hiring of the new coach, the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes managed to keep it together well enough to make in back to the supersectional last March.
Unfortunately it is a place that has become this program's “Waterloo.”
In a six-season span, Teutopolis has lost five supersectional games.
Last season the Wooden Shoes fell to Breese Central at the Carbondale 2A Supersectional, 67-52.
While Central went on to state, T-Town went home 26-7 on the season.
This season has rolled around and Teutopolis will reload with a new group for Coach Jason Hanson.
It won't take long for everything to heat up.
This program has a winning tradition that is right up there with the best programs in the history of this state.
They will play a slate of games that would make the Lakers worry and they will face this season with several new faces.
Six important seniors left the program after last season, including ABV 2A First Team pick Brett Mette.
Michael Drees, Devin Smith, Kyle Smith, Austin Johnson and Collin Pruemer are also gone but the gap in the program will close quickly as a new talented group will move up the chain of command.
The Teutopolis junior varsity team went unbeaten last season, that in itself it a good sign.
Plus there are a few hold overs that were part of the Elite Eight run.
Six-foot-three senior forward Mitch Hardiek was a starter last season for the Shoes.
He will be joined in the lineup this season by 6-foot-1 senior Chris Ungrund, 6-foot-1 senior Brant Bueker, 6-foot-1 senior Blake Mette and 6-foot-4 senior Lane Belleville.
All good athletes that will be ready to go the first weekend of the season at the Capitol Classic.
“We will be really solid. I have a great group to work with and several of the players will have a chance to play in college,” said Coach Hanson, a McLeansboro native who played in a state finals in 1991. “Hardiek will open some eyes and you won't find a more fundamental point guard than Ungrund. Bueker can just flat our score. Mette, Belleville, Bueker, Deters are all solid and will contribute in different ways.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE

N24-25

Lawrence Co. "Capital Classic" J17-20 Salem Invitational Tournament
D1 @ Breese Central J23 @ Mt. Zion
D8 Bloomington Central Catholic J26 Breese Mater Dei
D12 @ Effingham J27 Taylorville
D16 Robinson F2 @ Effingham St. Anthony
D27-28 Effingham/Teutopolis Tournament F3 Benton "Rich Herrin Shootout"
J2 @ Paris F10 Teutopolis Shootout
J5 Champaign St. Thomas-More F13 Mattoon
J6 Effingham St. Anthony Shootout F16 Madison
J12 St. Joseph-Ogden F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD