The Pettisville boys basketball team should be competitive in year two under head coach Brian Leppelmeier. Last year the Blackbirds finished 12-11, including a 9-3 mark in the Buckeye Border Conference which was good enough for league runner-up.
“We are returning several varsity letter winners and some with considerable varsity experience,” said Leppelmeier. “Our overall team attitude and willingness to work hard has been evident this preseason.”
The Blackbirds will have to replace their best player from last season, Gabe Beck (first team All-BBC, honorable mention all-district, honorable mention District 7). Beck averaged 8 points per game and 6 rebounds per game last season.
Also gone are Caleb Rychener (honorable mention District 7) and Ben Gray.
“It will be a challenge to replace Gabe and Caleb,” said Leppelmeier, referring to his team’s weaknesses for the season. “Both were solid rebounders on both ends of the floor. A challenge at the beginning of each year for returning players is learning and accepting new roles on the team.”
Having to endure those challenges are returning letter winners Dillon King (second team All-BBC), Justin Rupp (honorable mention All-BBC), Detric Yoder (honorable mention All-BBC), Landon Roth, Graeme Jacoby, Canidate Vickery, Austin Horning and Jaret Rychener.
Yoder scored nearly 9 (8.9) ppg a year ago, while Rupp averaged 8.5 ppg and King 6.5 ppg.
Leppelmeier hopes his team can compete for a BBC title this season.
“The Buckeye Border Conference will be balanced and competitive this year,” he said.