Posted On: 12/3/17 5:00 PM
Here is a look at some of the top Class 2 teams to watch in the state:
Oran: The defending state champions return one of their top players in 2019 guard Jacob Shoemaker. Oran began the season by winning the championship of its own tournament.
Harrisburg: All-State wing Cade Combs returns after averaging 22 points to lead his team to a third-place finish in the state tournament.
Sacred Heart: The Gremlins return All-State 2018 point guard Trent Lyles along with 6’5″ 2018 forwards Colby Young and Micah Tanguay.
Eugene: The Eagles return all five starters from a 21-win season, including 2018s Austin Englebrecht, Zach Bond, Austin Dickey, Mason Kirkweg and 2020 forward Tre Kempker.
Hayti: The Indians won a district title last year and return their talented backcourt of 6’0″ 2018s Darius Jones and Kobe Cooper.
Hartville: The Eagles graduate a lot, but will be very good again with the return of 6’4″ 2018 forward Wyatt Ward and 5’9″ 2019 guard Wyatt Mahan, who already has a 30-point game this season.
Thayer: Returning from last year’s 26-win district championship team are standout 2018 guard Kobe Meyer and 6’5″ 2019 forward Ayden Stone.
Fayette: The Falcons return one of the top small school players in Mid- Missouri in 6’1″ 2018 guard Blake Dawson. They started the season by winning the Glasgow Tournament.
Stanberry: The Bulldogs are led by versatile 6’6″ 2018 forward Brad Hailey and 6’0″ 2019 guard Cole Durbin.
Wellington-Napoleon: The Tigers advanced to the state quarterfinals a year ago and return 6’0″ 2019 guard Trey Shannon along with 2019 guard Jordan Hill.
Mansfield: The Lions have one of the top bigs in Class 2 in 6’9″ 2019 Dylan Caruso along with 2019 guard Payton Watterson.
Mid-Buchanan: The Dragons will look to continue their winning ways behind the return of 6’4″ 2018 forward Hunter Scaggs.
Blue Eye: Talented 6’5″ 2019 wing Andrew Mitchell returns along with 2018 guards Ryan Reagan and Brennan Fairchild.
Clopton: The Hawks were one point away from a Final Four appearance a year ago. They return their top player in 6’2″ 2018 guard Landon Hall.
Louisiana: The Bulldogs return their top player in 2019 guard Derek Richards, who can score in bunches; along with fellow guard Michael Francis.