Haymakers Ecstatic For Upcoming Hoops Season
With the effort of eight returning lettermen, there is a host of Haymakers that have the potential to keep the success story for Cozad boys hoops continuing throughout the 2016-2017 campaign on the hardwood under the direction of new head coach Drew Danielson.
The Red and Black return eight lettermen that played valuable minutes from a team that averaged 43.5 points per game during the 2015-2016 season.
On the edge, the experience that the Haymakers have returning finds themselves on the wing.
Senior Blaine Emerson came into his own as a point guard that did a wonderful job of speeding up the pace of the game when the Haymakers had an advantage. Emerson is not afraid to take his defender off the dribble and attack the rim. Blaine was the leading assist man for the Red and Black this past season. Emerson will need to improve on his 6. 5 points per game average this season for the Haymakers to reach success.
Working an inside/outside role for the Red and Black, Toby Salazar has the range to step out beyond the three point line and make it rain when he is not closely related to them. Salazar adapted quite nicely as a forward with the availability to step onto the hardwood and prosper early and often for the Haymaker hoopsters. Salazar will have to build upon his three points and 2.8 rebounds per contest for the Red and Black to continue their tradition of success.
Seniors Klint Gill and Ben Wetovick have been around the Haymaker program their whole lives, as the dynamic duo will bring stellar quickness and agility to the court for the Red and Black. Gill has a quick trigger from beyond the arc that can really start cooking when given a chance to get on a roll shooting the ball. Both Wetovick and Gill are honored members of the hoops squad, as they both hope that team success starts gaining steam while rolling down the hills.
Gaining valuable confidence in his approach towards basketball has paid dividends for the Haymakers as Trestian Siemering stepped up for the challenge and splashed down a great number of shots from the wing. Siemering will need to persevere and prosper as an underclassmen for the Red and Black.
Adding bulk and experience behind in the front line with size is Luke Schroeder Kyle German and Ian Branham. Schroeder brings a tenacity inside the paint that enables him to be the aggressive one when it is time for rebounding and playing defense.
Brandon Junker and Matt Menagh along with sharpshooter Nate Neill will probide a much needed spark to the Haymaker offensive units. Neill is a marksman from beyond the arc and he will prosper from deep for Cozad.