Members of the Bruins’ 7-4 football team included: Alexander, who combined for nine receiving and rushing touchdowns; Hendershot, who threw for 20 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more; and Nick Phelps, who caught seven touchdowns and had 544 yards receiving. Koelling (22 goals) and Waite were both all-Sagamore Conference first-team soccer selections and were a part of Bontreger and the school’s first sectional soccer title.
“I’m a firm believer that in order to have a good team you have to have athletes in general,” Bontreger said. “Our football program was extremely successful this last year. Any time our football team is good out here, it definitely spurs the other teams to be successful. And our soccer team was extremely good as well, we won our first sectional. Any time our athletes can learn how to win and are experiencing some winning, I just believe there’s going to be some natural carryover.”
Assisting the Bruins’ outlook for the 2012 basketball season is the depth that Bontreger is happy to have. Other notable players include Austin Musial, Austin Lynn, and Brant Gadberry, who Bontreger feels was the most improved player from last season.
“We are extremely deep and I’m not so sure that our starting five wouldn’t get beat by guys on our bench on a given day,” he said.
Coaches will keep a plus/minus chart this season to try and gauge who plays best with who and to distribute playing time. A tough, but good problem for Bontreger.
“We’ve got a lot of firepower and it’s definitely going to be a fun team to coach,” he said. “The kids’ attitudes have been outstanding. Their work ethic has been better than any group I’ve had so far this early in the season.”
After finishing as runner-ups in the county and sectional finals last year, Danville coach Brian Barber and the rest of the Warriors are looking a victory this year.