Following title, Charger boys hoops facing inexperience

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By Levi Waddell

With deep playoff runs occurring in their past two seasons, the Chatfield Chargers boys’ basketball team has high expectations to make another run.

“We just kind of take it one day at a time, one game at a time,” head coach Steve Schimpeler said. “I just expect us to do the best we can. That’s really the only expectation that I have and we’ll see how far that gets us.”

The Chargers will have a relatively inexperienced roster headed into the 2017-18 campaign, as seniors Liam Mann and Keland Rumsey are the only two players who received significant playing time last season.

Mann will likely be a leading scorer night in and night out after averaging 9.2 points per game last season, good for fifth-best on the team behind four seniors.

“I expect (Rumsey and Mann) to provide some leadership because they’ve kind of gone through it. They know what to expect and some of these other guys don’t,” stated Schimpeler. “I’m expecting them to give leadership both on and off the court.”

Despite the overall lack of experience on the team, Schimpeler feels he has some talented guards and forwards ready to rise to the occasion.

Schimpeler has always done a great job of utilizing his bench, and this season will be no different as multiple players will help contribute.

“I think we’ve got a really good point guard in Isaiah Reed,” stated Schimpeler. “We’ve got a good forward in Conner Vernon, who’s really athletic and can shoot it a little bit. We actually have two freshmen on the team, which I’ve never done before at Chatfield, so they’re going to be kind of thrown to the wolves a little bit.”

The Chargers will look to start the season off on a high note, as they will be taking on the Douglas County Huskies at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m.