Wauseon boys aim to cope with key losses


By Max Householder - mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com



The 2021-22 Wauseon boys basketball team.

The 2021-22 Wauseon boys basketball team.


Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

The Wauseon boys basketball team’s returning letter winners for the upcoming season.


Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

2021-22 Roster

No.NameGrade
5Jonas Tester12
10Carson Burt12
12Jude Armstrong11
14Jack Leatherman11
20Ethan Borton11
21JT Gleckler11
22Tyson Rodriguez10
24Krue Powers12
30Landon Hines11
32Gavin Gerig10
34Elijah McLeod10
40Trey Parsons10
42Logan Patterson10
44Braden Vajen10
50Connor Keefer10
52Matt Shaw12

With many key losses from the 2020-21 team, Wauseon boys basketball will have to make the necessary improvements during the season in order to carry on the success of the program this season.

A year ago the Indians finished 18-5 with a 7-1 mark in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.

“We have many new faces in new roles. We have won 17 or more games for 8 years in a row and have a group of kids that are eager to compete and establish themselves at the varsity level. We are inexperienced in some key positions, but they are a coachable group and will continue to grow and develop as the season progresses,” said head coach Chad Burt, who enters his 14th year at the helm of his alma mater.

Wauseon will have to deal with the loss of seven seniors. Notable departures are Connar Penrod, a first team All-NWOAL and All-District 7 selection a season ago; Kolton DeGroff, honorable mention All-NWOAL and All-District 7; and Isaac Wilson, honorable mention All-NWOAL and All-District 7.

They also lose Tyson Britsch, Easton Delgado, Jacob Hageman and Noah Sauber.

“We graduated a group of 7 seniors that made tremendous contributions both on and off the court. They will be difficult to replace,” explained Burt. “Team ball handling will be a point of emphasis and a major concern. We will need to develop our perimeter skills to (be) successful offensively as we return very little scoring from last year. We lack overall height, so rebounding is a concern. We have very little experience competing at the varsity level so we will need to adjust to the speed and physicality of the game quickly.

But, they do return Jonas Tester who was first team All-NWOAL, first team All-District 7, and third team All-Northwest District last season. Tester averaged 14.6 points per game (ppg) as a junior.

Other returnees for the Indians include Jude Armstrong (2.1 ppg), Carson Burt, Matt Shaw and Krue Powers. Newcomers added will be JT Gleckler, Ethan Borton, Landon Hines, Tyson Rodriguez, Jack Leatherman and Elijah McLeod.

“We have a group that is hard working and eager to learn. They are excited to follow up on the success from previous years and have been competing hard in practice,” Coach Burt said on the strengths of his team.

He looks for rival Archbold to repeat as NWOAL champions in 2021-22. After the Blue Streaks, Burt picks Evergreen to finish second, Swanton third, Liberty Center fourth, his Indians fifth, Patrick Henry sixth, Bryan seventh and Delta eighth.

“Overall, the league will be as balanced and competitive as it has been in a long time with a number of teams capable of winning the league title. Archbold has tremendous athletes and a large core returning. Evergreen, Swanton, and Liberty Center all have tremendous talent returning. Bryan, Delta, and PH will all be improved and capable of challenging on a nightly basis,” said Coach Burt.

The 2021-22 Wauseon boys basketball team.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2021/11/web1_Wauseon-boys.jpgThe 2021-22 Wauseon boys basketball team. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

The Wauseon boys basketball team’s returning letter winners for the upcoming season.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2021/11/web1_Wauseon-boy-letterwinners.jpgThe Wauseon boys basketball team’s returning letter winners for the upcoming season. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

2021-22 Roster
No. Name Grade
5 Jonas Tester 12
10 Carson Burt 12
12 Jude Armstrong 11
14 Jack Leatherman 11
20 Ethan Borton 11
21 JT Gleckler 11
22 Tyson Rodriguez 10
24 Krue Powers 12
30 Landon Hines 11
32 Gavin Gerig 10
34 Elijah McLeod 10
40 Trey Parsons 10
42 Logan Patterson 10
44 Braden Vajen 10
50 Connor Keefer 10
52 Matt Shaw 12

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.