The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 24, 2013

Local teams hope to take over top of WRC

BY MARVIN HOLMAN sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — COVINGTON, Ind. — Last season, it was Rockville winning the Wabash River Conference with an 7-0 record and a 25-1 record overall and won an sectional title.

With all the starters from that team gone for this season, the WRC title will have a bunch of teams ready to take over at the top for the Rox.

Fountain Central improved from six to 18 wins last season and for an encore, coach Jason Good will return two top players in Ethan Woodrow and Koby Pierce.

“(Woodrow) is probably the best player coming back in the conference,” Good said. “He is just reaching his potential as a player and when he gets there, he will be to stop when he goes all out.

“Koby is an all-around player for us and he does everything good and we look to him to be a leader for us.”

Along with Pierce and Woodrow, Good hopes sophomore Ladd Warner will fill in the other front court spot.

“Last season, he played a little but he gained confidence playing for the tennis team,” Good said. “He has played hard in practices and did very well in our scrimmage (with Lafayette Central Catholic on Saturday).”

While the inside is set for the Mustangs, the key may be with guard play.

“We lost our top guards from last season, but I think we will still be OK,” Good said. “Clayton Corey will be the point guard and he has done well in practices and in our scrimmage.”

The Mustangs start the season at Riverton Parke on Wednesday.

Fountain Central is not the only one in contention as Covington and Attica will also join in the hunt.

“I think that it is not going to be just us, there will be Fountain Central and North Vermillion, who has a good lot of their people back, Fountain Central also has a good bunch of people back and we also have Lafayette Central Catholic in our sectional,” Covington coach Kent Chezem said.

The Trojans were third in the WRC race but return two all-conference stars in juniors Chandler Spring and Jordan Ahrens along with fellow starter Chandler Wright.

Also coming in to the mix is juniors Travis Coleman and Gabe Hegg and sophomores Spencer McCone, Ryan Fletcher and Halen Noble.

Chezem said while the perimeter will be more than ready for the team, he will have some worries about the interior for offense and defense.

“We lost two of our stronger players inside,” Chezem said. “What we do have though is some long guards, so we hope that can make up for the inside.”

The Trojans start the season on Wednesday against Western Boone.

For the last two seasons, the Attica Red Ramblers have been in the middle but coach Chuck Hutchins is hoping for a move up.

“I feel that we can make a real move up,” Hutchins said. “We have some experienced players coming back and we have some newcomers to varsity that will do well.:

The Red Ramblers return four starters, including junior Bryce Cooper, a All-WRC selection who had 18 points per game.

Also returning is junior guard Kenny Little (11 ppg), Brady Sheridan (9.5 ppg) and Keetin Arnold (7.5 ppg, 5 rebounds per game).

“We have a chance to get bigger on the interior as well, “ Hutchins said. “We have Will Hargan, who is a 6-foot-6 inch and he will have a chance to improve and we have Luke Cooper who will help from the outside and Sam Cooper, who is a junior post player.”

The Red Ramblers will start the season on Tuesday against North White.

Seeger enters the new season with almost a new team, which is a first for coach John Collins in his tenure running the Patriots.

“It’s going to be different because it always seemed we had 4-8 seniors on the team,” Collins said. “We have been having some good practices to get everyone more experience.”

The returning players for Seeger are senior Jake Fell and sophomore Borden Kennedy while seniors Josh Orahood and Nick McGowen and juniors Terron Wade, Trevor Bowlus will move up for starting spots.

“A lot of them are going to have to step up,” Collins said. “It will be a good competitive conference with Covington, North Vermillion, Fountain Central and Attica but we can do well if everyone gets together early in the season.”

The Patriots will start the season at Carroll (Flora) on Wednesday.

North Vermillion will try to rebound from a 6-15 record and a 0-7 WRC mark. The Falcons will return All-WRC team member Brayden Woodard.

THe Falcons will start the season on the road on Wednesday against West Vigo.