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Posted On: 09/4/18 6:06 PM
At 17-7 the Yankton Bucks won a state title in 2017-18 but what are they about to do for an encore? That will be determined in March but today we look at what the Bucks look like for 2018-19.
Must Be Replaced: Jack Wolfgram, Cameron Krejci, Casey Krejci, Ben Jurrens
The Yankton wings were seniors a year ago. Jack Wolfgram gave Yankton a consistent double figure scorer last year and his role needs to be replaced. Wolfgram also moved the ball very well as a veteran creating for others. Cameron will long be remember for the three he hit against Aberdeen Central but he was another dependable starter that the Bucks need to replace. Throw in Casey Krejci and Ben Jurrens and you have a large group of wings/forwards that are no longer around.
Returning Starters: Matthew Mors, Rex Ryken
Matthew Mors is a nationally ranked top 35-40 player in the country. As a freshman he led his team to a state championship and in the summer he earned offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Creighton. Now that he’s earned the state title the pressure comes to do it again. And again. And again. Can he handle it? If anybody can Mors can (averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds a game). Point guard Rex Ryken will take some of that pressure off Mors, and is another big reason this team is expected to win again.
Stepping into Bigger Roles: Owen Feser, Cooper Cornemann, Miles Carda, Cole Sawatzke
Feser, Carda, and Sawatzke have paid their dues and are now seniors. They played roles last year and will have the opportunity to step into bigger minutes as seniors. All three are under six feet though meaning Yankton could be a but smaller. Cooper Cornemann has our attention as a six foot junior. He played with the Pentagon Schoolers top 16s this off-season and should be able to handle one of those wing roles as a junior. The biggest returning name on last year’s roster (besides Mors) is Dalton Maibaum who is 6-foot-2 but he needs experience.
Don’t look now but there are a couple names in the grade eight class that look familiar (Michael Mors and Rugby Ryken). We aren’t saying they will be varsity players this year or anything like that, but these are players that are competing eight plus months out of the year already.