BY JACK BULLOCK
With two senior starters having graduated and a key players transferring, the Trico Pioneers will have a different look to them heading into 2019-20.

Gone via graduation are Carter Nail and Jacob Lodge and Nick Compton and his brother Dylan are now at Goreville.

Coach Dan King has a few vets remaining to mix in with fresh faces this winter.

Six-foot-one senior Jesse Smith is a returning starter as is 5-foot-9 senior Seth Levan.

Also coming back are 5-foot-8 senior Issac Kranawetter and 6-foot-4 sophomore Wilson Lodge.

All four started games for the Pioneers last winter.

Coach King appears to have some depth as four juniors and a pair of sophomores are looking to move into contention for minutes.

Six-foot-one Daniel Vogt, 6-foot Kaden Wilson, 6-foot Peyton Lovell and 5-foot-8 Ross Coleman are all juniors.

Sophomores include 6-foot-1 Logan Cleland and 5-foot-11 Hunter Baker.

“Our boys will be a lot of fun to watch and we had a great summer, the expectations of the coaching staff are high on this group of kids. They put in a lot of hard work this summer and they're figuring out what it takes to go play for championships,” said Coach King. “We played with Chester for three quarters in the regional semifinals last year but ended with the loss. I think with the players we have coming back that it will be a exciting year for our players and for our fans. We have to be able to stay consistent on the defensive end of the floor and do all the little things, night-in and night-out, to be able to get where we want to be.”

OUTLOOK – Coach King enters his second season with some experienced players and they should show marked improvement. But being a small 2A program will make things tough at the end of February.

D2-7

Trico/Murphysboro Tournament
Enrollment: 368 (2A)
D13 @ Okawville
Conference: Black Diamond West
D17 New Athens
Colors: Orange/Blue
D20 Chester
Head Coach: Cory Waters
D21 @ Carterville
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 13-18
D26-28 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic"
State Tournament Result:
D26-28 Eldorado Holiday Tournament
Lost to Johnston City, 57-52
J7 @ Christopher
@ 2A Anna-Jonesboro Regional.
J10 Goreville 1
J11 @ Sesser-Valier l
J14 @ Vienna l
J18 Du Quoin l
J21-25 Sparta "Mid-Winter Classic" l
J28 @ Elverado l
J31 Sesser-Valier l
F4 Christopher l
F8 Zeigler-Royalton l
F14 Steeleville l
F15 @ Chester l
F18 @ Zeigler-Royalton l
F21 @ Goreville l
F22 Vienna 1
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1