TRENTON-WESCLIN
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Brent Brede will have some really good players to replace as the Warriors head into the 2016-17 season minus four starters from last season's 13-15 squad.

A talented team that never put it all together, Wesclin managed just a 5-5 mark in the Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division.

But against the kind of schedule in which they deal with yearly, it is tough to win a lot of games.
The postseason stay wasn't long, either, as they fell at home to Carlyle in the first round.

The four starters (Jared Timmermann, Jake Stephens, Jarad Steenbergen and Darrel Combs) combined for 37-points a night.

One starter from last season, 6-foot-3 junior point guard Brandon Courtney, returns after helping out a lot with 4.8 points and 3.4 assists a contest.

Mick Stephens, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, averaged just 1.5 points per game in limited duty as did Hunter Ottensmeier, a 6-foot-4 junior (2.0 p.p.g.).

Justin Kellogg, a 6-foot-2 junior, also logged a few minutes of varsity play a year ago.

Six-foot-five sophomore Nate Brede, the coaches' son, will also be part of the varsity.

Another reserve from last year, 6-foot-1 senior Blake Bernhardt, should be back by the holiday tournament season after an ACL injury.

Wesclin should get some other help from 6-foot-1 junior Blake Rakers, 6-foot-3 Caleb Kalmer and 6-foot-3 Eric Goff.

“Carlyle and Central will be the class of the very competitive Cahokia Conference this year. With Nashville, Mascoutah, Triad, Highland, Okawville twice and Greenville on our non-conference schedule, it will be a tough road for us,” said Coach Brede, who was a starter on the Wesclin 1989-90 Class A state championship team. “The Duster Thomas Classic looks like it will be the best it has been in years as well. Our team will be young and we will lack Varsity experience. However, we believe we can be competitive this year.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N21-D2 Mascoutah Invitational Tournament J16-21 Okawville Invitational Tournament

D8

Columbia 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