WINDSOR-STEW-STRAS
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg Hatchets have a new head coach who is very familiar with the National Trail Conference.

Austin Robinson takes over the helm of the Hatchets after spending time coaching at Teutopolis as an assistant to his former prep basketball head coach Jason Hanson.
Robinson was a four-year player at Neoga for Coach Hanson and this will be his first head coaching job.

He takes over a program that had some highlights during a 15-14 season that ended at the 1A Okaw Valley Regional with a 51-42 loss to eventual regional champ Patoka.

They won the Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament last November and finished fourth at the National Trail Conference Tournament last January.

As for this season Coach Robinson will have three seniors missing from last season, as Josh Overbeck, Nic Hutchinson, and Blake Nichols all graduated.

But the Hatchets have some weapons back that have some experience.

In the frontcourt, Coach Robinson has a pair of seniors; 6-foot-2 Christian Kessler and 6-foot-3 Isaac Kramer.

Two backcourt players return for W-S-S.
Five-foot-ten senior Gavin Bennett and 6-foot senior Chase Thies.

All four possess varsity experience from last season.

Coach Robinson mentioned two juniors; 6-foot-2 Jackson Miller and 5-foot-11 Beau Bennett.

All will see minutes in 2017-18.

The other starters and reserves will be earned in early practices as the Hatchets get ready to defend their Cerro Gordo title.

“Our biggest goal this year at WSS is to be a physical and tough defensive team that is able to compete in every game. Over the summer we were able to get a good turnout for open gyms and my hope is that we can take a positive summer and turn it into a successful fall and winter,” said Coach Robinson, who was an ABV second team All-South pick in 2009. “If we can get our seniors to buy in early and lead our younger guys we’ll have an opportunity to have a strong season.”

OUTLOOK – Coming in from the Teutopolis program, Coach Robinson will have defense, rebounding and fundamentals on his 'to-do' list. Being able to hang your hat on those three facets of the game, look for W-S-S to have a more physical look to them this year. Look for this club to improve on last season's won-loss mark in the first season under this young coach.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Cerro Gordo Thanksgiving Tournament J16 Louisville North Clay @ Stew-Stras

D1

Dieterich @ Stew-Stras J19 Effingham St. Anthony
D5 @ Arcola J22-27 NTC Tournament @ Altamont
D8 Shelbyville F2 @ Mulberry Grove
D19 Bethany Okaw Valley F6 @ Pana
D26-28 Kansas/Tri-County Holiday Tournament F9 Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City @ S-S
J2 @ Neoga F10 NTC/LOVC Shootout @ Cumberland
J5 @ St. Elmo-Brownstown F13 @ Sullivan
J9 Farina South Central F16 @ Altamont
J12 @ Ramsey F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD