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Sedgwick boys look to returnees for leadership

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com

SEDGWICK — The Sedgwick High School boys- basketball team will rely on two returning starters and four other returning letterwinners to set the pace for the upcoming season.

The Cardinals are coached by Darren Crumrine, in his 27th season. He is assisted by Shannon Murphy.

Sedgwick was 11-10 last season, falling in the first round of sub-state play.

Returning starters are Nolan Crumrine (5-9, sr., G, 4.5 ppg, 2.5 apg., 35% 3pt) and Lance Hoffsommer (6-2, jr., G, 6.5 ppg, 1.5 apg, 4.5 rpg, 35% 3pt).

Other returning letterwinners include Ryan Stucky (5-10, jr., G, 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Connor Tillman (6-2, jr., F, 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Sam Culp (6-4, jr., F, 2.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Christian Brown (5-11, so.).

Looking to move up from the junior varsity ranks include Weston Anderson (5-8, so.), Jordan Hansen (5-10, jr.) and Blake Huebert (5-10, jr.).

Also back is Henry Burns, who missed last season.

“(Expectations are to) Navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and compete for a top finish in the league,” Darren Crumrine said. “There may be games where the personnel is completely different than what we plan for. Our ability to develop depth and move forward without excuses will determine our success. We have to rebound better than we did last season. Our defensive effort was solid but we didn’t finish possessions the way we needed to. Offensively, we should be a little more balanced between inside and outside. I am very comfortable with our guard play, but the development of Culp, Tillman and Brown will be vital for our offensive success. We have.”

The Sedgwick coach is looking for Hutchinson Trinity, Berean Academy and Inman to be among the top contenders for the HOAL title. Top non-league foes include Belle Plain, Haven and Lyons.

Schedule

(subject to change)

Dec. 4 @ Halstead

Dec. 7 Classical School of Wichita

Dec. 10 @ Belle Plaine

Dec. 11 @ Remington Classic TBA

Dec. 15 Elyria Christian

Dec. 17 Medicine Lodge (G)

Dec. 18 @ Wichita Independent (B)

Jan. 5 Haven

Jan. 8 @ Lyons

Jan. 12 Berean Academy

Jan. 15 Inman

Jan. 18-22 @ Canton-Galva Inv. (B) TBA

Jan. 26-29 Steve Shephard Inv. (G) TBA

Feb. 2 @ Remington

Feb. 5 @ Bennington

Feb. 9 Sterling

Feb. 12 Ell-Saline

Feb. 16 @ Moundridge

Feb. 19 @ Hutchinson Trinity

Feb. 23 @ Marion

March 1-6 Sub-State TBA

March 10-13 State @ Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan TBA