Manchester boys basketball team taking fundamental approach to improving
NEW FRANKLIN — Manchester High School boys basketball head coach Gene Schindewolf said the key to improvement for his team is not complicated.
“We want to work hard every day — especially on the fundamentals,” he stated.
Last season, Manchester finished with an 8-13 overall record, but Schindewolf said this year’s team has a chance to make more of an impact. The coach said the realistic goal for this season is to “compete for the league championship and make a run in the tournament.”
According to Schindewolf, six players graduated after last season, but the coach believes depth should be the strength of this year’s team.
“We can play 10 or 11 guys, and we are a pretty athletic group,” he said. “We have six returning lettermen, but most of them didn’t get a lot of playing time. I would say we are inexperienced, but not necessarily young.”
The seniors on this year’s squad (with quotes on each by Schindewolf) are:
• Bryan Daily: “He is a two year letter-winner and our most experienced returning player.”
• Jamar Dukes: “Jamar is a post player who is improving every day in practice.”
• Mark Terry: “He is a first-year varsity player who is a very hard worker.”
• Nick Jordan: “Nick is probably our second most experienced player. He is a great kid and one of our best shooters.”
• Chad Robertson: “He is our best defender and he plays much bigger than his actual size.”
• Daulton Baksa: “He is another hard worker who will do the little things to help us win.”
• Nick Peyakov: “Nick is a great athlete who we are happy is back playing after taking last year off. He was an all-state football player.”
In addition, the coach stated a number of juniors are expected to play key roles for Manchester this season.
“Austin Klein, Kanyon Collins, Matt Sipos and Aaron Hoxworth are juniors who will be ready to contribute in various ways at the varsity level this season,” he said.
Schindewolf cited Sipos as a player who “could surprise people” this season.
“He won’t fill up the box score with points, but he will run the point, play defense and hit the open shot,” the coach said.
On defense, Schindewolf noted, the team will stick with what has worked in the past.
“Much the same — we hope to play mostly man, but will throw in some run and jump and also some zone,” he said. “Our offense will be a bit different than past years, when we ran a lot of open post motion.”
Schindewolf is in his 28th year as head coach at Manchester and his 33rd season overall as a head coach. His assistants this season are Nate Schindewolf, A.J. Hite, Brad Johnson, Kyle Dack (freshmen coach) and Bill Pfeiffer (freshmen assistant).
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