Boys have experience, strength
Blue Earth Area Boys Basketball head coach Gary Holmseth likes the experience and physical strength he has on this year’s team.
“We have three seniors who will all see playing time,” Holmseth says.
Sam Lee, Jake Wagner and Brady Anderson will return in their fourth high school basketball seasons for the Buccaneers to provide leadership.
Lee returns as the team’s leading scorer from last year and Anderson will manage the game from the point guard position — something he has done since midway through his freshman year.
In total, six returning letter winners will don maroon and gold for the Bucs, including Bradyn Olsen, Dallas Barslou and Isaac Darrington.
Other upper classmen include: Taylor Olson, Logan Jacobs, Cole Klinksiek, Eric Purvis, Brad More and Steven Plocker.
“We have three kids who are big and athletic,” Holmseth says, citing Lee, Darrington and Plocker. “Our physical strength will be an advantage.”
Fans familiar with BEA basketball can expect a much more up tempo team than in years past.
“We will look to get out on the fast break,” Holmseth says. “It all starts on the defensive end. A good defensive team kick-starts their offense.”
Holmseth says the Bucs will mix up their defenses running a man-to-man defense half the time and zone the other half.
Once out and running, Holmseth encourages his players to look for quality shots on the offensive end.
“We will look to get the ball inside and get shots in the paint,” Holmseth says. “We want guards and posts trying to get high percentage shots.”
The Bucs open up the season with a Dec. 1 tilt against Jordan.
“We are not going to try and rush things,” Holmseth says. “Until then, we want to do things the right way and set the tone for the rest of the year.”
In the South Central Conference, Holmseth says St. Peter and Fairmont are the heavy favorites, but indicates BEA will be in the mix of the conference race.
“Our goal is to strive and win the conference and section,” Holmseth says. “We will first need to continue to improve and stay healthy.”
The last team to win the SCC Championship was the 2009-10 squad who finished the year a section runner-up.
The Bucs open up conference play Dec. 15 against Waseca after three non-conference games to iron-out problems and heal some nagging injuries that have carried over from the football season.
Holmseth says Barslou and Plocker are working through minor injuries, but hope to be ready for the season opener.
“We want to continue the success that so many of these kids earned in the fall,” Holmseth says. “Hopefully that can give us some momentum heading into the winter.”
Thirty-three players are out in grades 9-12 for BEA. Holmseth is also excited about the program’s addition to the coaching staff.
New teacher, Paul Larson, will be coaching the ninth grade team in his first season as a Buccaneer.
Holmseth is entering his 23rd year as head coach of the Bucs and encourages families of the players to attend parent’s night this Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.
“Parents can watch practice and find out what to expect for the rest of the year,” Holmseth says.