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Scouting Report: Sycamore

Coach: Andrew Stacy (second season)

Last Season: 9-20, 2-10 Northern Illinois Big 12

Postseason Result: Lost to Kaneland, 55-45, in Class 3A Rochelle Regional semifinals

Key Returners: Devin Mottet, jr., G/F; Scott Nelson, sr., C; David Compher, sr.; Kyle Buzzard, sr., G; Curt Buzzard, sr.

Impact Newcomers: Nick Feuerbach, jr.; Jake Winters, jr.; Ben Niemann, jr.; Mark Skelley, jr.; Logan Wright, jr.

Outlook: The 2011-12 season was a transition year for Sycamore as the Spartans adjusted to a new coach and a relatively inexperienced group at the varsity level.

But expectations will rise for Sycamore this year with the Spartans returning five of their top eight players from last season. That includes junior wing Devin Mottet, who was Sycamore's leading scorer as a sophomore and named All-Area Honorable Mention.

Sycamore will add a number of talented juniors. Skelley transferred to Sycamore from outside the area while Niemann spent last year on the sophomore team.

Senior Kyle Buzzard said the team is more comfortable with Stacy in his second season and is expecting a big jump from last year.

Stacy's take: "They are very excited about the season and so am I. They know what to expect and I'm certainly hoping that turns into some wins and success on the floor."

- Ross Jacobson, rjacobson@shawmedia.com

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