An experienced Edgewood-Colesburg boys basketball team hopes to be in the running for a Tri-Rivers Conference West Division title, returning four starters from last year’s 16-7 team.
“We bring a lot of speed and intensity to the floor,” said 12th-year coach Justin Olind. “We gained a lot of experience last year playing a lot of underclassmen. The team is very balanced, unselfish, and the guys play for the teammate next to them.”
Junior guard Parker Rochford returns after garnering first-team all-conference honors in 2018-19. Rochford scored 20 points per game along with five assists and 3.5 steals and will be joined by returning post 6-4 Riley Ashline, whose nine points and seven rebounds per contest earned a second-team all-Tri-Rivers nod as a junior.
Senior guard Spencer Staner scored six points per contest along with four rebounds and three assists last season, while Keegan Hansel averaged five points and five rebounds per game to earn honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore.
“We have experience playing at a high level,” said Olind. “We know we have to bring it night in and night out. We need to make sure everyone does their job and gets better each week.”
Returning letterwinners Quintin Hess, an athletic junior guard that can defend and score, and defensive specialist Brayden Stannard will be joined by 6-2 sophomore shooting forward Jack Wiskus and sophomore guard Korey Putz in the rotation as the Vikings attempt to replace career 1,000-point scorer Ethan Streicher.
With three Tri-Rivers teams qualifying for the state tournament last year and North Linn winning the Class 2A state championship, Olind knows the conference race will be a grind.
“The Tri-Rivers will test and prepare us every night. The West Division is really solid top to bottom and there are a few really good teams in the East,” he said. “We have to be willing to impose our game upon teams every night to put ourselves in the running for winning the conference. It will be an exciting race to watch all year.”