New Wykons strive for improvement
IRON RIVER—Any new season brings a new team, but for the West Iron County boys basketball squad, the arrival of the 2014-15 campaign signals an almost entirely new start.
Certainly the Wykons want to put last year’s difficult 3-16 season in the rearview mirror. And it shouldn’t be hard to do, as the team that takes the floor this winter will be markedly different that last year.
West Iron opens its season on Dec. 8 with a nonconference home game against Westwood.
Name a statistic and virtually the entire output from last year was compiled by graduated players. West Iron lost 92 percent of its scoring, 91 percent of its rebounding, 95 percent of its assists and 93 percent of its 3-pointers made.
So to say the Wykons will be inexperienced is an understatement.
“We just don’t have a lot of varsity minutes (coming back),” said WIC coach Dan Schive, beginning his fifth season at the helm of the West Iron varsity. “We graduated nine seniors. This is the least amount of guys coming back with a lot of minutes I’ve had.”
The returning player with the most varsity experience is 5-foot-9 senior Brandon Olson, who was the backup point guard last year but who will assume the reins this year.
Last year, Olson scored 27 points, accounting for over half of the returning point total of 53.
The other players with at least some varsity exposure last season are senior posts Michael Barker, Ryan Maki and Trey Manitta and senior guard Nick Helgemo.
But for all practical purposes, this is a team with virtually no experience at the highest level of prep basketball. Because of that, the focus has to be on daily improvement, Schive said.