Photo by Michael Connors
By Ben Otte
When compared to the last three years, this is perhaps one of the better boys basketball teams Red
Lion has put together.
Senior Kevin Hutchinson and junior Michael Fox bring broad presence on the court, leading the team in scoring -- combining for a game average of roughly 28 points.
"We're pretty young," says head coach Steve Schmehl, "We're starting to gain a lot of experience. They (the players) are learning."
Currently, the team is ranked in the District III AAAA Top 20- something the Red Lion Boys Basketball program hasn't seen for quite a few years. Surely, when a young team is this successful
early on, it can only mean they have an even brighter future ahead.
Blake Cahill and Evan Miller, also starters for the varsity squad, provide a well-balanced attack. While Miller plays the role of a quick point guard with explosive speed, Cahill’s height advantage opens up more scoring opportunities in the high post. Matt Wanbaugh comes off the bench to stretch the defense and to pull down key rebounds. In addition, young, talented freshmen like Huson, McCreary, and Rebuck, add evident depth and significant contributions as well.
With lone senior Hutchinson and plenty of underclassmen to fill the remaining slots in the rotation, it seems that the Lions have a solid lineup that has the ability to play at a high level.
"If we play like we're capable of playing, we could compete with anybody." says Michael Fox who
points out that a deep run in the postseason is definitely not out of their reach.
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