After a fast start to the season (4-1 in their own tournament) the Pioneers ended up just 14-15 and lost to Pinckneyville to close out the season in the regional final.
But by the end of the season they were playing pretty good basketball and gave the Panthers a run before losing 59-49 at the Sparta 2A Regional finale.
Head coach Andrew Wilson, a Nashville grad from 2005 who played on an Elite Eight team for the Hornets, begins his seventh season in coaching with a head coaching stop at Trenton Wesclin before coming to Campbell Hill.
He is looking for more consistency this season and his early practices have been favorable, according to Coach Wilson.
“Our team will have a solid eight players that could end up getting close to equal minutes. Additionally, we have potentially two or three other players that could give good contributions. So, we obviously have depth with is something I haven't had much of as a coach. This group is particularly athletic. So far, it looks as if we will pick up where we left off last year, which would be great,” said Coach Wilson. “Our practices have been at a level they need to be in order to be successful. This team takes pride in learning the game and giving the effort needed without me having to continuously pry it out of them. I think we are underestimated. This team has a great chemistry with each other and with the coaching staff. All the intangibles are in place for a successful season.”
Two starters return for the Pioneers for Coach Wilson.
He must replace four senior starters who have left the program.
Jake Compton, Trenton Koch and Grant Kelley were starters and Austin Jarrett was the first one off the bench for Trico.
Coach Wilson will try to regroup with a pair of seniors who started in 2015-16.
Josh Compton, a 5-foot-11 senior, and 6-foot-3 senior forward Justin Bauersachs are back.
Both played prominent roles for the Pioneers as juniors.
Coach Wilson mentioned Jared Meyerhoff, a 6-foot-4 junior, a Ryan Vogt, a 6-foot-3 junior, as potential starters.
For the fifth slot, look for three players to vie for the chance.
Gavin Thies, a 5-foot-10 junior, could be in the picture along with Seth Myers and Carter Naile.
Freshman Jesse Smith could see some action off the bench.
Depth of the bench will come from initial tryouts with underclassmen filling slots.
“We underachieved until late in the season. We had flashes of good play, more than bad play actually. However, we couldn't put together four full quarters. The majority of our losses were by five points or less,” added Coach Wilson. “Often times we would have a bad second or third quarter and have to play catch up in the fourth. We always caught up but usually couldn't finish after expending the energy to get back in the game. In our last three games we played our best basketball once we figured out how to play together as a unit. We lost to Pinckneyville in the Regional Championship by 10 points.”
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