Experienced Bishops ready for the challenges ahead

Experienced Bishops ready for the challenges ahead

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Experienced Bishops ready for the challenges ahead

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ZANESVILLE – Health and experience has Rosecrans aiming for a strong start after a 12-12 season under 23rd-year coach Todd Rock.

The Bishops graduated three seniors, but return seven players in seniors Carter Hagy, Dominic Mohr and Travis Kunkler and juniors Michael Fisher, Aaron Gehlken, Keagan McLaughlin and Travis Johnston.

Junior Dillon Schaumleffel and sophomore Derek Kunkler round out the varsity roster with several freshmen playing junior varsity who could move up.

“We have older kids back who know what to expect,” Rock said. “Travis is finally healthy to start the season, and these guys learned a lot about what it takes to win on the varsity level.”

Gehlken and Fisher led the up-tempo offense by scoring 17 and 13 points per game, respectively.

Johnston and McLaughlin provide some bodies in the post and Hagy, Kunkler and Mohr bring depth to the rotation.

However, Rock knows more bench help will be key as the season progresses.

“Our biggest question is depth,” he said. “We have younger players gaining experience. They’re coming along well, but we will need them to develop and help out.”

The soccer team making a final four run has bred confidence with several players who were on that team. Gehlken, a starting defender on that squad, hopes they can carry that momentum to the court.

“We learned how to play with each other, and we have high expectations,” Gehlken said. “We want to translate our success in soccer over to basketball.”

Rock hopes that experience can aid the Bishops, who face another schedule littered with Division I and II teams.

“Our soccer team had a great season, and I’m hoping some of that experience comes with them,” he said. “Facing that competition should help us. Our kids know what we’re going to do. We want to run and play hard. It comes down to how well we can shoot the ball.”

Finding that offensive balance and playing as a unit are vital for the Bishops’ success, added Gehlken.

“We have to find the right mix on taking 3s and driving to the hoop. Shooting the ball well is important,” he said. “We also have to cut down on turnovers. If we’re able to do those things and play together, we can reach our goals.”

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Roster

No.

Name

Yr.

Ht.

Pos.

5

Michael Fisher

Jr.

6-1

G

10

Carter Hagy

Sr.

6-0

G

15

Dominic Mohr

Sr.

6-2

G

20

Travis Kunkler

Sr.

6-0

G

21

Keagan McLaughlin

Jr.

6-3

C

24

Dillon Schaumleffel

Jr.

6-1

F

32

Aaron Gehlken

Jr.

6-1

G

40

Travis Johnston

Jr.

5-11

F

42

Derek Kunkler

So.

6-1

C

Schedule

Dec. 4: at Coshocton

Dec. 8: Meadowbrook

Dec. 11: at River View

Dec. 12: at West Muskingum

Dec. 15: Dover

Dec. 18: Marietta

Dec. 27: at TCC Shootout

Dec. 29: Morgan

Jan. 2: Steel Academy

Jan. 5: at New Philadelphia

Jan. 8: at Claymont

Jan. 15: at Cambridge

Jan. 22: Zanesville

Jan. 26: at Maysville

Jan. 29: at Meadowbrook

Feb. 1: at Tusc. Central Catholic

Feb. 2: Fairfield Christian

Feb. 5: Coshocton

Feb. 6: at Union Local

Feb. 9: River View

Feb. 12: Claymont

Feb. 13: Kingsway Christian

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