Season and career records were just some of the highlights during a West Delaware boys’ basketball season that saw the Hawks finish 10-12 in Drake Schuring’s first year as head coach.
The team broke the record for most three-pointers made in a game, not once, but twice, hitting 15 against Williamsburg, then breaking that record by nailing 16 against Maquoketa. Not surprisingly, the team broke the record for most made three-pointers in a season with 148.
Kyle Kelley topped the 1,000-point mark for his career, finishing with 1,180 points, good for fourth all-time among Hawk scoring leaders. Logan Woellert finished his career with 221 assists, good for seventh all-time.
Kelley led the Hawks in scoring, averaging 20.1 ppg. He was followed by Blake DeMoss (9.1 ppg) and Woellert (8.5 ppg).
Eric Salow led the team in rebounds, averaging 6.4 a contest, with Kelley averaging 4.7 boards and Mitch Krogmann 4.3.
Woellert averaged 3.5 assists per game, with DeMoss (3.2 apg) and Salow (1.5 apg) next.
Eight seniors ended their Hawk careers; Kelley, Woellert, Salow, Krogmann, Jamison Smith, Elias Tibbott, Brandon Wellman and Joey Cizek. Schuring was grateful for his seniors, saying, “They meant a lot to this team. The mentality that they brought to practice and to games helped us compete against some of the best teams in the state.”
Schuring saw his team improve all year long in the tough WaMaC Conference. “The first game of the year we played well, but every game we improved on something, no matter the score at the end of the game. From defense to offense, we continued to grow game to game.”
Schuring appreciated how the team accepted him as their new coach. “I would say our season was pretty successful. Playing in the WaMaC East, there are no off nights. As a group, they responded well to having a new coach come in to lead them. Thankfully, Coach (Matt) Uthoff had done a fantastic job with them leading up to this year, so the transition was fairly easy.”
He expects continued success in the Hawk program. “The future of West Delaware basketball looks bright. We are looking forward to continuing to develop the younger grades, playing competitive basketball and continuing to mold young men.”