There will be a plethora of new faces on the court when Fayette starts the boys basketball season on Friday.
The Eagles and longtime head coach Todd Mitchell have just one letter winner returning from last year’s Buckeye Border Conference champion squad that went 24-2 and lost in the regional semifinal.
Senior Tharyn Colegrove returns for Fayette after averaging 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He was honorable mention All-BBC last season.
Gone are a trio of all-league first teamers, including the player of the year. Jerad Seiler was player of the year in the league last year, and second team all-state while averaging nearly 15 points per game.
Alec Bost and Tristen Bates were also first team All-BBC last year as seniors. Joel Smith was honorable mention all-league.
Other letter winners lost are Casen Burkholder and Garett Reinking.
There are several promising newcomers looking to fill the void created by graduation. Among them are junior Travis Wagner, senior Drake Bowditch, senior Austin Lopez, sophomore Clayton Pheils, sophomore Trey Keefer, junior Grant Reinking and senior Cole Stuckey.
Mitchell sees solid guard play as one of the strengths of his team. “Our quickness should be one of our strengths,” the 16th year coach added.
Weaknesses include lack of experience and size.
“We need to value our possessions and play solid defense every night,” said Mitchell. “If we control what’s in our control like attitude and intensity we will be very competitive.”
The league race should be interesting as Fayette looks to defend their title.
“Playing everyone twice in the league always makes for some good games,” said Mitchell. “Every team is familiar with each other so you must come focused and ready to play every night. Adding Montpelier will add more intrigue to the BBC.”
The Fayette schedule wastes no time getting interesting. They open the season Friday at home against rival Pettisville.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010.