Head coach Andrew Wilson led the Trico Pioneers through a tough season in 2016-17.

They struggled with injuries and eligibility problems and they saw their overall record to sink to 8-20 overall, 3-9 in the BDC West and were an easy mark in the postseason, dropping out of their own regional at the hands of Chester, 61-41 in the opening round.

The good news is that with the problems suffered through a year ago, many kids got a chance to play in the varsity games.

That can really help when preparing for a new season.

The Pioneers has one key returning player as Jared Meyerhoff, a 6-foot-6 senior, is back for Trico.

Meyerhoff is approaching 1,000-points for his career and, baring injuries, should reach that plateau in the second half of the season.

Coach Wilson will also have 6-foot-1 senior Lukis Lissimore, 5-foot-11 senior Gavin Thies and 6-foot-4 senior Ryan Vogt.

Carter Naile, a 6-foot-2 junior, also got on the floor last season in varsity scrums.

Wilson will look to sophomores Jesse Smith, a 5-foot-10 guard, along with 5-foot-11 Nick Compton for added time.

Any combination of those kids could be on the floor the first night of the season for Trico.

“Jared Meyerhoff will have to be a leader for this team. He has worked his butt off to become the best athlete and best basketball player he can be. He is the type of player every coach loves because he is always working on his game, he has an attitude that is competitive but never complains, and he leads by example. Seth Myers will be the biggest piece to our puzzle, meaning we need him to put his best foot forward every day,” said Coach Wilson, a Nashville grad who is 22-35 in the past two seasons. “Meyers has an infectious energy and if he can bring a good positive energy every day our team will feed off of it, but if he doesn’t the team will pick up on that as well. Fortunately, he has given me everything I could ask for this preseason as far as that goes. However, the players who are on the floor will have to give more on the defensive end than we ever did last year in order to have any success. Our maturity level and our play as a team will be the most important keys to our season. I think our maturation over the last year will serve us well, but you never know until you get them all in the gym in front of a crowd.”

OUTLOOK – It is more than helpful to have kids back who have played a lot of minutes. It means the Pioneers won't be starting from scratch. That being said, their will need to be sharp improvement in all phases to turn the won-loss numbers around this season.
N27-D2 Trico Pioneer Invitational Tournament J16-20 Sparta Mid-Winter Classic


@ Okawville J26 Sesser-Valier
D12 New Athens J30 Christopher
D15 Chester F3 Zeigler-Royalton
D19 @ Christopher F9 Steeleville
D26-27 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas" Classic F10 @ Chester
J5 Goreville F13 @ Zeigler-Royalton
J6 @ Sesser-Valier F16 @ Goreville
J9 @ Vienna F17 Vienna
J13 Du Quoin F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD