Looking at the recent history of the Webber Township basketball program, one can truly look at the complete reversal of the fortunes and respect the result.
A basketball team that went win-less just three seasons ago, the Trojans have shown the area once again that hard work and focus on details will eventually turn things around.
That was the goal of head coach Brad Beaty when he arrived on the scene in 2013-14 and and the future, at least the immediate future, looks bright.
The Trojans improved to 19-10 on the season in 2015-16, going 7-2 in the Midland Trail Conference.
Two starters are gone from that team with thanks to helping the turnaround.
Corey Hammer, a 6-foot-5 forward and all-conference pick, is gone as is senior Ryan Johnson.
There are veterans returning the rest of the way down the roster as Webber Township looks anxious to get started the first week at the Christopher Thanksgiving Tournament.
Six-foot senior guard Jaxon Helm is back for his fourth season in a varsity uniform as a starter. He, more than any player, knows how it feels to be part of the 0-24 team from 2013-14.
On the flip side, he has helped lead by example as the Trojans crawled from the wreckage to become one of the top 1A teams in the South.
Six-foot-four junior Charles Neal is nearing 1,000-points for his career as he, too, was a varsity player from the first day as a freshman.
Six-foot-two sophomore Dylan Stratton is back after a solid freshman campaign while Coach Beaty is excited about his other two starters; 6-foot-2 junior Brody Mount and 6-foot-1 junior Dalton Hart.
Mount can do some additional scoring for the squad while Hart is a tough defender, according to Coach Beaty.
The reserve unit will be important, especially early in the season.
Six-foot senior Garrett Girvan, 5-foot-10 junior Garrett Thompson, 6-foot-1 sophomore Seth Launay and 6-foot freshman Dalton Adcock will suit up.
Six-foot-two transfer Markeith Davis comes from Mt. Vernon will also be part of the game-plan early.
“This is setting up to be a special year. We have a chance to be one of the better 1A teams in the South but it wont be easy because our conference will be a tough test,” said Coach Beaty. “Our leader Jaxon Helm is ready to put this team on his back and take Webber back to a place it hasn't seen since 2005. Charles Neal has taken his game to another level over the summer and is ready to establish himself as one of the better players in the South. Dylan Stratton and Brody Mount will also put their names on the map this year. Dalton Hart plays with non stop energy on both ends of the floor.”
N20-25 Christopher Turkey Tournament J12 @ Sandoval


@ Zeigler-Royalton J13 MLK Shootout @ Mounds Meridian
D5 @ Odin J15-20 MTC Tournament @ Woodlawn
D8 @ Thompsonville J23 @ Wayne City
D9-16 Wayne City Holiday Tournament J27 Pinckneyville Showcase
D19 Woodlawn F9 @ Grayville
D21 @ Du Quoin F10 @ Gallatin County
J2 Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran F13 Patoka
J5 Waltonville F16 Cisne
J9 Johnston City F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD