Conference Preview

Posted On: 04/7/21 4:38 AM

Graduation claims some of the best players every year. When a great player moves on, it opens the door for another to step up and show their talents. But there can be some pressure when it comes to trying to replace a lot of production.

Here are some returning players in 1A Div. 2 who will have big shoes to fill next year:

Keagan Dimler, junior, Hanover:

Hanover won state because it had so many great athletes, it simply overwhelmed opponents. The Wildcats have all-stater Emmitt Jueneman Emmitt Jueneman 6'1" | SF Hanover | 2022 State KS back, but they lose some other really good players. Graduating are Jacob Jueneman, a rugged 6-foot-4 defender and rebounder who earned second team all state, and 6-foot-4 Blake Hynek, an honorable mention pick who would have been a star at most programs. But watch for 6-foot-2 junior Dimler to step into the spotlight next year. He is a versatile guard who stuffs the stat sheet with assists, rebounds and steals. He scored 18 in the state championship against Elyria Christian.

Ben Busse Ben Busse 5'11" | CG St. Francis | 2023 State KS , sophomore, St. Francis:

Jesse Baxter, a 6-foot-3 senior at St. Francis, brought the type of toughness and intensity to the court that made him one of the

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