After an up and down season which saw their coach step down midway through the season, the Delta boys basketball team is looking to get back on track for the 2016-17 campaign.
“This season’s success will depend on how quickly this team comes together in game action and starts to compete with every team we play,” said head coach Jeremy Lohman. “We have the potential to be a competitive team night in and night out.”
Lohman served as interim coach for most of last season, taking over after the sudden resignation of Marc Comstock. They finished 6-16 overall and 1-7 in the NWOAL.
The Panthers return a pair of letter winners in Bowen Green and Peyton Phillips. Green, who averaged seven points per game and five rebounds last season, was also honorable mention All-NWOAL. Phillips returns for his senior season after averaging four points per game a year ago.
“We are a hard working team on the defensive end of the floor,” said Lohman on the strengths of his group. “This team has worked hard in the offseason to gain a bond together, (and) start to build a successful program. The best part about this team is they are a group of kids that I am proud of on and off the basketball floor. They excel in the classroom and (are) working hard volunteering in the community.”
Other expected top players for the Panthers according to Lohman are Dillon Smith, Gabe Freeman and Brady Wymer.
“We are very young and inexperienced this year,” said Lohman on the Panthers’ problem areas. “We lost seven seniors who did a majority of the scoring last season. We are also smaller at most positions in comparison to the rest of the league.”
The coach looks for Wauseon to win the league, followed by Archbold and Swanton. He has Evergreen finishing fourth.
Delta will begin the season at home against Ottawa Hills Friday.
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