The Hesston College men’s basketball program opens a new season in a matter of days, and coming off a 16-14 regular season finish, coach Dustin Galyon is optimistic the Larks can build on last year’s success in his third year coaching.


The Hesston College men’s basketball program opens a new season in a matter of days, and coming off a 16-14 regular season finish, coach Dustin Galyon is optimistic the Larks can build on last year’s success in his third year coaching.

A nucleus of six sophomores return, including point guards Devon Lloyd (Kansas City, Mo.) and Tyler Mitchem (Newton), shooting guards Chas Clemens (Oklahoma City) and Colton Troyer (Millersburg, Ohio), forward Alex Roth (Hesston) and post Vince Sorrells (Cedar Park, Texas).

“We’ll have the benefit of tremendous leadership and production from our sophomores,” Galyon said. “This is a special group of returners who are genuinely excited for the success of their teammates.”

Newcomers include Chase McGee (Kansas City, Kan.) at the point; shooting guards Jared Jenkins (Westminster, Colo.), Aaron Young (Kansas City, Mo.) and Drew Emmert (Foster, Ore.); forwards Aaron Jones (Kansas City, Mo.), Phil Hochstetler (Strang, Neb.), Jordan King (Dalton, Ohio) and post Tom Richmond (Kansas City, Kan.).

“This is the first season in my time here that both the freshman and sophomore classes were the products of a full recruiting cycle, and I think we’ve collected a group that fits our style of basketball,” Galyon added. “Our schedule is a great one, and I’m confident we’ll be ready.”

This year’s slate includes several marquee matchups against some of the best community college teams in the area, including home and away dates against Barton County Community College and road games at Division I power Hutchinson Community College and Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. Region VI competition will once again feature home and away contests versus Johnson County Community College, the Division II national champions from two seasons ago, Highland Community College and rival Brown Mackie College.