Wolverines will show some new looks this season
A new head coach, new assistants and some new offensive and defensive looks begin this season for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys’ basketball team.
Jason Mielke has taken over the head reins with Josh Hendrickx and Kevin Tumberg serving as assistants.
Mielke believes the most important piece will be on the court.
“We are looking for strong senior leadership to build upon the foundation that started at the end of last season,” Mielke said. “It will take an entire ‘Team First’ attitude to achieve success this year.”
Mielke will be depending heavily on his seven seniors for team leadership.
WDC upperclassmen will be Jacob Goeden, Isaac Laughlin, Jared Reinitz, Dylan Dumpprope, Ricky Price, Jordan Folkstead and Tristian LeComte.
Goeden can play off guard and is a dangerous three-point threat. Reinitz is also a wing and Mielke said he is “someone who shoots the three well.”
Laughlin, Dumpprope, Price and Folkstead will all play the post. Mielke is counting on some scoring in the paint from Laughlin. Dumpprope has the ability to play both wing and post. Price has size and strength that will make him one of the club’s top rebounders. Folkstead is back after taking last year off.
LeComte is a new player who should be able to play a wing.
WDC juniors this year include Matt Quincer, Blake Connell, Ian Olson and Cody Hughes.
Quincer has the ability to give the Wolverines a good rebounder in the post. Connell will play the point and run the offense. Mielke rates Olson as a hard-working wing. Hughes is new to the team but brings the kind of athleticism that will allow the Wolverines to use him at a wing or a post.
The Wolverines have four sophomores in Alex Redfield, Wyatt Fitzsimmons, Tanner Horn and Jack Goeden.
Redfield is considered a good athlete and Mielke rates him as a strong defensive player who will play a wing. Fitzsimmons will also play on the wing but he has the ability to deflect balls and contribute to the rebounding.
Horn is not expected to be ready to play until January because of some injuries. Once he is back Mielke expects him to contribute both offensively and defensively. Goeden will be used on the point but Mielke sees him putting in most of his court time for the junior varsity.
“We’re a team that is going to use its quickness to create turnovers and some easy baskets,” Mielke said. “Offensively we’re going to try and create a number of three-point shots.”
Mielke said the Wolverines will be playing a defense designed to keep teams off balance.
Mielke has been kicking around as a head basketball coach and an assistant coach for 13 years. Hendrickx was a standout at New York Mills. Tumberg played basketball for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines open the season at Pelican Rapids Friday.