It's a nice feeling heading into the season when you have all five starters back from a 17-14 regional championship club.

That is what head coach Brent Brede has to look forward to as his Warriors commence the 2017-18 campaign.

They captured the Hillsboro 2A Regional title last February, beating the Hiltoppers on their home floor to advance to the Nashville Sectional.

They lost to the eventual sectional champs Alton Marquette in the semifinals to end their year.

Coach Brede will look at five good ones as his starters, all of whom have a large amount of important experience.

They also have a lot of size for even a 2A team.

Hunter Ottensmeier, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, led the club with 13 points a game for the Warriors a year ago.

He also was good on the glass, dragging in five rebounds on average.

Six-foot-three senior Mick Stephens has also been around the program for a while, and he tossed in seven points and grabbed four rebounds a game.

The backcourt looks to also be strong, with some talented kids ready to go.

Brandon Courtney, a 6-foot-3 senior, averaged 11 points a night and connected on 46 3-pointers on the year.

Six-foot-two senior Justin Kellogg added five points and four rebounds to the team totals.

The junior on the floor with the senior vets rounds out the outstanding starting unit.

Nate Brede, a 6-foot-6 junior, is the coaches' son and also one of the top players on the squad.

His averages of 10 points, five rebounds and an astounding 65 made 3-pointers from last season shows his range.

He and Courtney will help keep defenses honest this season.

“Our team returns five starters but we need to develop depth this year as well as consistent play both offensively and defensively,” said Coach Brede. “We are excited about having experience this year instead of youth. We have 4-5 capable scorers and enough size to defend and rebound at a high level.”

OUTLOOK – The Warriors look like one of the teams to beat in the league but the postseason could turn out to be something special. This group has been in with some good competition in the past couple of seasons and that conditioning should serve them well this winter. They will be a real player this February and could still be playing in the second week of March.

N21-D2 Mascoutah Invitational Tournament J16-21 Okawville Invitational Tournament


Greenville J26 Salem
D12 Glen Carbon (IL.) Father McGivney J30 Greenville
D15 @ Salem F2 Carlyle
D19 Red Bud F3 @ Vandalia
D22 Breese Central F6 @ Breese Central
D29-30 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas" Classic F9 Freeburg
J5 @ Freeburg F13 @ Columbia
J9 @ Carlyle F16 Lebanon
J12 @ Okawville F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD