As of Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Senior Patrick Schumacher will be right in the middle of the GHS boys basketball offense and defense this winter, flanked by a couple of others who played soccer this fall.
Those are Ryan Ruklic and Ethan Bonn, and while soccer season wrapped up eight full weeks before the first basketball game, Schumacher said all the running they did earlier this fall has carried over.
“We’ve been keeping in shape, getting in the weight room and running,” he said. “When basketball season started, the stomach cramps went away real quick.”
The Bulldogs are significantly younger in coach Kelcey Edwards’ second year than they were during his first, with Schumacher and senior Luke Stokes the squad’s only returning lettermen.
“Mainly we’ve been working on defensive drills,” Schumacher said. “With the young team we have this year, we’re trying to get everything moving in the right direction.”
Ruklic steps in as a forward alongside Schumacher, while Stokes figures to be the lead ball-handling guard.
Bonn — who was energetic and tireless on the soccer field — figures in as a high-intensity defender at wing.
“I remember watching Quaid Blankenship a few years ago,” Schumacher said. “That’s a good comparison for how Ethan plays.”
The Bulldogs first game will be at the Idaho County Shootout with Prairie, after the 6 p.m. girls game this Saturday, Dec. 3, at GHS.
“We haven’t had games to get ready for it like in previous years,” Schumacher said. “It’s always a fun one.”
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