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West Delaware’s 2019-20 varsity boys’ basketball team: front from left, ball boy Jaxson Uthoff, manager Victoria Harris, Blake DeMoss, Brady Moulds, Elias Tibbott, Lukas Meyer, Raub Loecke, Jamison Smith, Joey Cizek and ball boy Mavrick Woellert; back row, coach Matt Uthoff, Logan Woellert, Brandon Wellman, Gavin Tucker, Eric Salow, Mitch Krogmann, Kyle Kelley, Jackson Woellert, Isaiah Rich and assistant coach Jay Salow.

Returning three starters and another pair of letterwinners should serve notice to the rest of the WaMaC Conference that the West Delaware boys basketball team will once again challenge for a league title.

Juniors Kyle Kelley (13.5 ppg), Logan Woellert (6.1 ppg) and sophomore Blake DeMoss (2.8 ppg) return from last year’s state tournament team that finished 17-7 overall and 12-5 in the WaMaC.

Junior forward Jamison Smith and junior center Mitch Krogmann also return and look to increase their court presence from a year ago.

Head coach Matt Uthoff identified junior Eric Salow and sophomore Raub Loecke as newcomers who will help the Hawks this season.

Uthoff is in his seventh year as head coach of the Hawks and has a career record of 180–120. Uthoff said his team should shoot the ball well.

“This could be one of our better shooting teams we have had in recent years. We return a lot of experience in our guard play. I really like our athleticism and we should be very good defensively.”

A question mark, according to Uthoff, is team depth. “Even though we return some key guards, we are very young. With that, I’m not sure how deep we are.”

Uthoff said the conference is solid from top to bottom. “The conference should be excellent this year. It may be the deepest it has been in years. There are a lot of talented players. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night. It will be fun to see how the race plays out.”