Boys MS basketball had a 'fun season'
High school varsity teams get the recognition and the spotlight. But those basketball standouts have to start somewhere.
Most of today's Northwestern varsity players developed their skills on the hardwood members of Northwestern's middle school boys' basketball squad a few years ago and grew as they moved up through the ranks.
The 2013-14 middle school squad is just starting its path to the bright lights of varsity and they had a pretty successful start.
This past winter's middle school program, which consists of an A team and a B team, finished with records of 8-4 and 10-2, respectively. The A team consisted of all eighth-grade players, while the B team included seventh graders.
Second-year head coach Trevor German, a former Tiger varsity player, has fond memories of this past winter.
"We had a fun season," he said last week. "The fun came with wins. We were down sometimes, but we fought through it. It was a great season. The kids enjoyed it and so did I."
Both teams got off to strong starts as far as wins and losses and neither team suffered any slumps during the season.
Eighth grader Josh Dietrich might not have gotten off to a strong start, but he ended up opening German's eyes.
"Josh, I've had him since seventh grade," said German. "He went from almost not making the team to being a starter. He really improved the most out of them all. He would pick up the pace when our starters were out. It was just amazing how much he really improved."
Along with Josh, his A team teammates honed their skills this past season. They are Ryan Yeager, Kevin Slack, Andrew White, Colin DeLong, Reuben Kemmerer, Kenneth Gawelko, Brian Garbacik, Trevor Schreiner, Tyler Wiik, Austin Stasko and Jacob Haas.
Seventh grader Frank Rauscher led the B team in scoring as he shot 67 percent from the field. Complimenting Rauscher in the scoring this season were Zachary Creighton, Jared Buzinski, Connor DeWit, Caleb Danner, Derek Holmes, Tyler Slifer, Matt Shiffer, Tyler Lobach, Sam Seyfried, Brandon Mengel and Devin Thomas.
German lets his players know that they are the future of Northwestern's high school program and it is in their hands to bring success back to the Tiger varsity program when they get their chance. If their start is any indication, success will follow them up to varsity in just a few short years.