Mike Trewick really likes the team he expects to put on the floor this season.
The St. Cloud Tech boys basketball coach is just not convinced the young Tigers are completely ready for prime time.
“Right now, I’m really not sure whether we’re where we need to be in order to compete with the good teams,” Trewick said. “We have a good, young team.
“But at this stage, I don’t know if they understand how hard you have to play when you’re going against a good team.”
Trewick figures the Tigers will begin to figure it out at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. That’s when Tech has its home-opener against St. Michael-Albertville.
The Knights, who are coached by Tech graduate Tim Anfenson, opened with a 63-52 win over Orono and play Elk River tonight.
Trewick said St. Michael-Albertville is similiar to the Tigers in that they have a lot of new faces. The Knights were 20-7 last season and lost 73-60 during the regular season to Tech, which went 15-12.
The Tigers’ top returnees are mostly underclassmen. They start with a tall, talented backcourt led by Andy Foley and Jay Kedrowski.
Foley is a 6-foot-5 junior who averaged 18.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.
“We’ll probably have him at the point and he’ll probably be our tallest player on the court at times,” Trewick said.
Kedrowski is a 6-5 junior who averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Also back after seeing some playing time last season are sophomores Bryant Bohlig and Jake Martig. Bohlig’s a 6-0 guard. Martig is a 6-1 forward.
Others expected to contribute are Sam Shoberg (6-6, jr., post), Josh Shields (6-2, sr., p), Ryan Kunkel (6-0, sr., wing), Ethyn Fruth (5-11, jr., wing) and Austin Schlangen (6-0, sr., w).
The Tigers are one of the last teams in the area to open the season and Trewick said that’s good because his team needs the practice time. After Thursday, they play Stillwater at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tech. Stillwater is coached by former Tech head coach Randy Jordan.
Tyson Euerle, one of Jordan’s former players, is a ninth-grade coach at Tech.
Tech also plays Prior Lake and Apple Valley in The Breakdown Granite City Classic. Both should be among the top Class 4A teams in the state this year. Prior Lake is led by Carson Shanks, who is 7-foot-1. Apple Valley is led by Tyus Jones, a junior who is considered the top point guard in the country and is being recruited by basically every major college program.
“I think we’ll have some fun games for fans,” Trewick said. “We have some great kids who love to play basketball and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Sauk Centre’s athletic teams are trying to help the Toys for Tots program. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to the boys basketball and boys hockey games tonight.
The boys basketball team is host to Holdingford tonight for the season opener. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity starting right after at about 7:30 p.m.
The Prairie Centre boys hockey team is host to St. Cloud Apollo tonight. The JV game begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Sauk Centre Arena, followed by the varsity at about 7 p.m.
The Mainstreeters are working with the First State Bank of Sauk Centre for its annual collection of toys for the program. All toys will be delivered to the back on Wednesday.
Anyone bringing a gift will receive free popcorn.
The Sartell Sabres already have had more than their share of injuries heading into tonight’s boys basketball game at St. Cloud Cathedral.
Starting guard Patrick Fischer, a 6-4 all-around player who is headed to Bemidji State on a basketball scholarship, is out with a knee injury suffered in the Sabres’ last football game of the season.
Head coach Dave Angell said he’s not sure when Fischer will return, but hopes it’ll be sometime after Christmas.
“He’s really itching to get started, raring to go,” Angell said.
Tim Immelman, a 6-7 senior post, also is coming back from a knee injury that forced him to miss the entire football season. Tom Bearson, a 6-1 junior guard, is coming back from a sprained ankle.
The Sabres also don’t have Paul Coleman, a junior expected to contribute. His family moved to Las Vegas.
Also expected to play tonight at Cathedral are Parker Hagen (6-3, sr.), Ben Lanners (6-7, sr.), Nick Gjemse (5-8, sr.), Dylan Hollenkamp (5-11, sr.) and Brandon Snoberger (6-3, so.).
“Every team has to handle adversity during a season,” Angell said. “The kids have high expectations.
“The key will be how we get through all these issues. The good teams figure out ways to fight through them.”
It’ll be the first game for new Cathedral head coach Matt Meyer, a longtime assistant and alumnus. The Crusaders have two seniors, 7-1 Conor Voss, and Jalen Braegelmann, a 6-0 guard.
Brady Schmit (6-1, jr.), Brady Yoerg (6-0, jr.) and Brindley Theisen (6-2, so.) are players to watch.
St. Cloud Icebreakers head coach Mark Chamernick is feeling pretty good about his team so far.
The team, made up of players from Apollo, Cathedral and Tech, beat Moorhead 3-1 Saturday and also beat Bemidji 3-1 earlier this season. Chamernick said it was the first time in the program’s history the Icebreakers had beaten both in the same season.
Now comes the next challenge: North Wright County. The Riverhawks (5-2) are likely the top seed in St. Cloud’s Section 8-2A.
“They’re awfully good,” Chamernick said. “They’re fast.”
Sartell/Sauk Rapids, which already has beaten the Icebreakers, lost 7-0 to North Wright County.
“Sartell/Sauk Rapids, I think, has more speed than us,” Chamernick said.
St. Cloud will be without sophomore defender Marren Pfannenstein, who broke an ankle Friday in practice. She was one of the Icebreakers’ top blue-liners and has been replaced by eighth-grader Jordan Volker.
The Icebreakers are skating what Chamernick calls two No. 1 lines. One features Cia Strong, Samantha Eisenreich and Tatum Peterson. The other has Alexie Portz, Mackenzie Feeny and Haley Hjort.
After tonight in Monticello, St. Cloud is host to the Silver Bay/Two Harbors/Cook County/Ely/Babbitt Mariners at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
Sauk Rapids girls basketball coach Chuck Thompson is going with a very young lineup, perhaps the youngest in the area and certainly the youngest in the Central Lakes Conference this season.
Included in the rotation is seventh-grader Bailey Becker, a 5-7 forward. The Storm also starts Andrea Skillingstad, a 6-3 ninth-grader, and use sophomores Sophia Woods and Megan Gaffke up front.
Seniors Bailey Bemboom, Ellie Henkemeyer, Rachel Paulsen and Emma Woods lead the squad. Bemboom has been out with a knee injury.
Sophomore Emma Krueger and junior Tara Paulsen also are key players.
“We’re kind of hoping to be around .500,” Thompson said. “I know we’re going to be better than last year.”
The Storm, who were 0-2 going into Monday’s game with Cathedral, were 7-20 last season. They are host to Apollo at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
* Thomas Korf, a 6-4 sophomore from Tech, is averaging 7.8 points per game for Minot State’s men’s basketball team. A business management major, Korf averaged 10.1 points per game as a freshman for the Beavers, who are off to a 1-3 start. They play Jan. 5 at St. Cloud State.
* Alex Hanks, a 6-3 junior from Tech, is averaging 2.0 points per game for Minnesota State-Mankato, where he is averaging about 15 minutes a game off the bench. The Mavericks are 5-0 overall. They play Jan. 18 at St. Cloud State.
* * Cori Becker, a 5-9 freshman from Sauk Rapids, is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Minnesota-Morris as one of the Cougars’ first substitutes off the bench. Minnesota-Morris is 2-3.