“He is putting in a lot of extra time and hard work,” Bushre said. “I have already seen improvement. He has all the physical skills to be a successful keeper and we should see him grow into one of the better keepers in the area by the end of the year.”
Offensively, Andrew Warrick Jr. and Triston McNaughton should lead the Patriots and Mlagan, Mitch Tate and Aaron Keim will solidify the defense.
“We have a good group of leaders that we are going to rely on this year and that will give us a good foundation to build around,” Bushre said.
Bushre also said to watch for freshman Scott Imel to make an impact early on as well as sophomore Ethan McNaughton.
Last season could not have been much sweeter for the Bruins as they walked away with the school’s first-ever sectional title. Tri-West finished the year 14-6 and tied for second in the Sagamore conference (5-2).
Getting back to the sectional final and winning will take some work as the Bruins lost the county’s leading goal scorer last season an a solid senior class.
Another obstacle the Bruins must overcome is getting used to a new coach as Jeff Denny takes over for Adam Bonetreger.
However, that shouldn’t be all that difficult, as Denny has served as the assistant coach.
“The transition has gone great with a great school right by my side supporting me the whole way,” Denny said. “Also, the administration staff at Tri-West has really helped with the transition. I think every new coach will have hurdles, that is what makes us strong for the long run.”
Denny is looking for the squad to embrace the team concept to the fullest this season and sees that as the key factor to the Bruins’ success.