“Junior Conner Funkhouser was our sixth man last season and could have a big year for us,” Young said. “Fellow juniors Carter VanWanzeele, Levi Bailey, Sam Bloom, Cress Kimbrough, and Ritchie Steinmetz will play a big part for us this season.”
Along with those players, Young pointed to sophomores Jordan Kleyn and Logan White as a pair that have “had promising starts, along with freshman Brandon Peters.”
With only three seniors and the majority of the team being juniors mixed with underclassmen, the Orioles must come together rapidly if they want to have a successful season.
“We don’t return a lot of varsity experience,” Young said. “We’re going to have to grow up quickly, especially with the quality of teams we play early in the season. It’ll take a team effort every night from everyone for us to be successful.”
Avon hopes to get help in its guard play in mid-December with the return of junior guard David Griffith, who’s trying to come back from an ankle injury suffered during the football season.
After residing in the Kokomo area for the past 15 seasons, first-year Plainfield basketball coach Andy Weaver said he’s “looking forward to the upcoming season and being a part of this area.”
The Quakers made a coaching change after three consecutive losing seasons and a 1-20 record last year. Weaver, who is preparing for his 19th season as a varsity boys’ basketball coach, didn’t mince words on what he expects to achieve during his tenure.
“Our team goal is to be a championship team,” he said. “We have two opportunities in the regular season with the Mid-State Conference and the Hendricks County tourney and obviously the postseason with the state tournament. We’re very early in our program with me being new, so obviously getting better every week is crucial to our success.”