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Northern Lights Conference boys basketball capsules (comments from coaches)
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Colony

Last season’s record — 14-13

Head coach — Thomas Berg

Players to watch — Tim Smith, senior (three-year letterman), Jared Turner, senior (second team all-conference; four-year letterman) and Hunter Eisenhower (first team all-conference; two-year letterman)

Strengths — The Knights return seven players who saw minutes last year. Depth and guard play should be a strength this year.

Season outlook — The Knights are younger, but more experienced this year. With only two seniors the Knights depend on strong junior and sophomore classes. Good team basketball, timely shooting and maximum effort will determine the success of the Knights this year.

Wasilla

Last season’s record — 22-7

Coach — Ryan Engebretsen

Players to watch — Connor Devine: 6-foot, 10-inch presence on both ends of the floor, last season’s league MVP and first team all-state. Signed with Division 1 South Dakota State. Averaged  5.6 blocks and 15 points per game last season.

Braydon Kuiper: 6-foot, 6-inch senior guard who has been starting at the varsity level since his freshman season. He has three region titles to his name.

Braydon is terrific on the ball defensively and has averaged double figures in scoring throughout his career thus far at Wasilla.

Dane Kuiper: 6-foot, 5-inch freshman guard who we expect to make an immediate impact. Eric Roberts: 6-foot, 2-inch junior guard who has the potential to lead us in many statistical categories that don’t show up in the scorer’s book.

Dillon Ferro: 5-foot, 10-inch point guard who brings a hard-nosed level of play to the team and has the potential to average more than seven assists per game.

Strengths —  We are long, and with three guys returning who have been crucial in our Northern Lights Conference three-peat, we have solid leadership to help push us towards our goals this season.  Our size is significant.

Season outlook — We host a team from Colorado that will match up size with us as well as a team from Alabama with the No. 1 player in the state. Carver High is also highly touted and predicted to win their state title.

We will be tested right out of the gate come Dec. 19.  We have 19 home games since we have the privilege of hosting our league tourney this year, and we hope to take full advantage of having the home court advantage throughout the regular season.

Homer

Last season’s record — 9-14

Coach — Mark Casseri

Players to watch — Ryan Cotney, senior; Robin Glosser, senior; Dyllan Day, senior; Heath Johnson, senior; Sam Reinart, junior; Quinn Daugharty, sophomore. Each of these young men have had one, two and three years of varsity playing experience. Devon Kennelty is 6 feet, 9 inches, and has a broken bone in his foot. How well his recovery from surgery goes will determine how much of an impact he will have on this team.

Strengths — Lost one contributing player to graduation, Jonathan Jester.  The returning team has varsity playing experience. 

Season outlook — I feel this year’s team will be strong, with plenty of senior leadership. We will be competive and ready to play.

Skyview

Last season’s record — 5-15

Coach — Jesse Settlemyer

Players to watch — The team will rely on the collective efforts and contributions of all the players.

Strengths — The team will focus on rebounding and playing a disruptive style of defense.

Season outlook — Last year in 4A, we will look to challenge the larger schools for the southern conference title.

Kenai

Last season’s record — 14-12

Coach — Ken Felche

Players to watch — Seniors AJ Hull, Bo Rielly, Colton Hayes and Joe Sandahl, and juniors Shane Spalding and Wyatt Fitt

Strengths — Our team’s strengths will be the senior leadership that we have. We have the ability to play fast and we have decent size. We will have to overcome our lack of depth this year.

Season outlook — We are going to try very hard to not look past the next game. At this time we are not placing any goals to go to state, but rather taking one game at a time. We are emphasizing self-evaluation by every player and not letting our teammates down. If we can do these basic things, everything else will take care of itself.

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