Swather boys return starting 5
HESSTON — With the entire starting lineup returning, the Hesston Swather boys’ basketball team is poised to make some noise in the Central Kansas League and Class 3A rankings.
Greg Raleigh begins his 10th season as the Hesston head coach. He is 169-35 at Hesston and 354-131 in his career. He is assisted by Matt Flaming and Garrett Roth.
Hesston was 21-2 last season, 8-1 in CKL play.
Returning starters include Ben Bollinger (6-4, sr., F, 4.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Jackson Humphreys (6-3, sr., F, 6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Braydon Schilling (6-5, jr., G, 8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Nick Arnold (6-2, jr., G, 7.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and Cason Richardson (6-2, jr., G, 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Other returning letterwinners include Braden Esau (6-1, jr., G, 2.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Ty Schroeder (6-3, jr., G, 2.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Brayden Bruner (6-0, sr., G) and Jake Proctor (6-2, so., G, 2.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg).
Also back is Max Werner (6-1, jr., F), who missed last season with an injury.
Raleigh looks for Hoisington, Lyons, Hillsboro and Haven to be among the top contenders in the CKL this season.
Top non-league opponents include Buhler, Lakin, Goodland and Southeast of Saline.
(Subject to change)
Dec. 4 @ Southeast of Saline
Dec. 10-12 @ Goodland Inv. TBA
Dec. 15 Smoky Valley
Dec. 18 @ St. John-Hudson
Jan. 5 TBA
Jan. 12 @ Nickerson
Jan. 15 @ Smoky Valley
Jan. 19-23 @ Hillsboro Trojan Classic
Jan. 26 Central Plains
Jan. 29 Buhler (B 4:30 p.m.)
Jan. 29 @ Buhler (G 6 p.m.)
Feb. 2 Pratt
Feb. 5 @ Lyons
Feb. 9 Hoisington
Feb. 12 @ Hillsboro
Feb. 16 @ Halstead
Feb. 19 Larned
Feb. 23 Haven
March 1-6 Sub-State TBA
March 10-13 State @ Hutchinson Sports Arena