Scouting Report: Indian Creek
Coach: Joe Piekarz (seventh season)
Last season: 14-16 overall, 5-2 Little Ten Conference
Postseason result: Lost to Newman Central Catholic, 59-50, in Class 1A Newman Central Catholic Regional semifinals
Key Returners: Jaron Todd, sr., G; Kyle Lieving, sr., PG; Tyler Reynolds, sr., G; Jake Bjorneby, sr., F; Garrison Govig, jr., C
Impact Newcomers: Stephen Muetze, jr., G/F; Nick Baldwin, jr., G/F; Noah Holm, jr., G
Outlook: Indian Creek returns four starters back from a team that had a solid showing in the Little Ten Conference, but was tripped up early in the postseason. The lone starter who graduated was Shaquille Crayton, an All-Area selection for 2011-12.
The Timberwolves' starting five will be experienced, led by point guard Kyle Lieving, who started to pick up more of the scoring responsibility later on in the season. It will likely be a combined effort to replace the scoring prowess of Crayton.
Indian Creek also welcomes in a very strong junior class that had a lot of success as underclassmen. The Timberwolves won the conference title at the sophomore level last year and Piekarz is expecting a good mix of kids to contribute this year.
Piekarz's take: "We have a team that has worked incredibly hard, about as hard as I've seen a team work here. I think we want to definitely improve on what we did last year and hopefully compete in every game. I think they are well on their way to doing that."
- Ross Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org