TEUTOPOLIS
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes might be a bit inexperienced coming into the 2017-18 season but they will be the same talented sort of basketball team that this program has produced all throughout their storied history.

Head coach Jason Hanson sent away some good seniors from a season ago, a team that finished 27-4 against a very tough schedule.

However the ones coming up are also talented.

“The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

It is a cliché that fits this outfit.

Each year its new faces with the same determination to succeed.

Look for Lee Hardiek, a 6-foot-1 senior, to be one of the early season starters along with 6-foot-5 senior Eric Kremer.

Those two have the most experience back from a club that lost a close game to Mt. Carmel at the West Frankfort 2A Sectional last March.

Add the names Clint Weber, a 6-foot-6 junior and 6-foot-4 junior Dawson Smith to the potential starters.

Coach Hanson, who is 229-128 overall in 12-years coaching, listed some other seniors that will get PT.

Five-foot-ten guard Landon Jansen, 5-foot-10 guard Collin Kreke and 5-foot-11 guard Collin Funneman will be part of a loaded backcourt for the Wooden Shoes.

Both of the Collin's, according to Coach Hanson, will be handling the ball a lot on offense.

Add Ian Addis, a 6-foot-1 senior, to the mix.

“We will play eight guys with most getting about equal playing time. I'm not sure on starters but any of these guys could start. Lee and Eric both played extensively last year. Lee, Landon, and the Collin will do the ball handling. Weber and Kremer are both really good athletes that can shoot, run the floor, and rebound. Dawson and Ian are both good athletes that can play all over the floor from handling the ball to the post,” said Coach Hanson. “Any of these will be capable of leading our team in scoring any given game. “

The 'Shoes went independent a few years ago and they have strengthened their schedule to the point where there are no easy marks to be found.

These tough games help get this club ready for the postseason.

We lost seven of our top nine guys from last year, including every starter. We have a lot of work to do but I'm very excited to work with these guys,” added Coach Hanson. “Will be a different type of team from the last two years. Should be able to cause some problems with our length.”

OUTLOOK – This program is one of the top ones in the state. Year in and year out, they are a threat to reach Peoria. This team will be no exception. Playing against larger schools helps the resolve and get the kids physically ready for the grind in February and March. Pencil in 20-wins and make room in the trophy case for some additional hardware. This team will be right there in the hunt for another trip to Carver Arena.

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