LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats were a young team last year. That means the seven returning players this year got plenty of experience a year ago.
This year the Wildcats will be looking to increase their win total after a 5-16 season. They will have to do it without leader scorer and rebounder Brandon Arntz who graduated.
“We have many returners with expericence,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “I would like to double our win total and become a close knit, committed team.”
The Wildcats return Marc Erspamer (F), Brock Kanouse (F), Shawn Lindsey (F), Kyle Ringlever (C), Brad Root (G), Kolter Schwartz (F) and Shane VanPatten (F).
“Brad Root and Kyle Ringlever both came on strong at the end of last season,” Schreiber said. “Shawn Lindsey came up last year as a freshman and looks very comfortable. He has put a great deal of work into his game since a year ago.”
As far as improvements, the Wildcats need to improve defensively.
“Defensively, we need to show much improvement,” Schreiber said. “Our rebounding was inconsistent a year ago.”
Schreiber expects White Cloud, Reed City and Big Rapids to contend for the Central State Activities Association title.
“White Cloud is returning a talented squad and Reed City is always tough,” he said. “Big Rapids will probably contend as well.” The Wildcats begin the season on Monday when they travel to Montabella. They will host rival Central Montcalm on Dec. 9.