Expectations high for experienced Bulldog boys basketball team

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Members of the 2016-2017 MFL MarMac boys basketball team include (front, left to right) manager Kelsi Davis, Mason Hertrampf, Levi Ferguson, Jordan Weaver, Nolin Lang, Gavyn Wade, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) head coach Eric Dettbarn, Bradley Herold, JP Murphy, Blake Brainard, Cade Kuenster, Carl Davis, Bryar Ruff, Tristen Kautman, Spencer Rose, Peyton Meisner, Ty Hefner and assistant coach Adam Simon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Upper Iowa Conference champions last season, an experienced MFL MarMac boys basketball team has hopes for a repeat, and much more, this year.

“We bring back our starting five from last year along with two of our key reserves off the bench, so we have a lot of experience returning,” said head coach Eric Dettbarn, who enters his 30th season at the helm. He’s joined again by assistants Adam Simon and Mychal Moon. 

One of the team’s key players is senior Tristen Kautman. A first team all-conference selection as a freshman and sophomore, he was injured most of last season, but returns this year at full strength. Senior Cade Kuenster (first team all-conference), junior Mason Hertrampf (first team all-conference), senior Ty Hefner (second team all-conference) and senior Bryar Ruff (honorable mention all-conference) will also round out MFL MarMac’s experienced starting line-up.

According to Dettbarn, Levi Ferguson, Blake Brainard and Carl Davis will play big roles for the Bulldogs coming off the bench. 

“Jordan Weaver, Peyton Meisner, JP Murphy, Spencer Rose and Gavyn Wade will all be counted on to play key roles in helping us continue to improve throughout the year,” he added.

Dettbarn said MFL MarMac will be a strong ball-handling and shooting team this season. As the year progresses, he said they will work to become more consistent at the defensive end of the floor, along with being a better rebounding team.

“We should put a fun brand of basketball on the floor,” he remarked. “We would really appreciate it if people would come out to watch us play.”

Looking at this year’s schedule, Dettbarn said he and the team try to take it game-by-game.

“I tend to look forward to every game,” he said. “Obviously, some games will mean a little bit more than others depending upon how the year goes, and those match-ups will come about as the season plays out.”

“With the group we have coming back, expectations are pretty high,” he concluded. “I am just excited to work with this group of young men and see where the season takes us.”

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