The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had one of its best seasons in recent history in terms of wins and losses after going 18-9 last winter. Now the Chargers are tasked with a nearly complete reload.
Brandon-Evansville graduated 10 seniors from that group, including All-Little Eight Conference players in Keagan Schiele, Tanner Bitzan and Marshall Riedel.
“Those players were big time minute getters over the past three seasons,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said of last year’s seniors as a whole. “So we will be inexperienced. I think the longer we get to play together, the better we will become.”
Mixing in so many new players with a group that hasn’t been able to be together a lot because of the pandemic will be one of the biggest challenges facing the Chargers.
“I hope we can play a full season with little to no interruptions,” Hintermeister said. “It's been difficult up to this point knowing other states around us have been playing winter sports the past two months, while our kids haven't been able to even get in a gym by themselves. Our goal is to enjoy our time with one another and get better each day.”
Senior forward Kobe Reiland and junior guards Titus Fuller and Tyler Bitzan played important roles for the Chargers last winter and will be asked to lead this young group on the court. Brian Lauthen is another senior who Hintermeister expects to get big minutes and carry some leadership responsibilities.
“I think after those four, it is wide open,” Hintermeister said. “Wesley Siira (Jr.), Brayden Langlais (Jr.), Peter Huisman (Jr.), Dezmond White (So.), Brady Perleberg (So.), Nathan Anderson (So.), Kian Gackle (So.), Aaron Gillespie (So.), and a handful of freshmen will compete for varsity minutes.”
Hintermeister said this is a group that gets along well off the court. He hopes that bodes well on the court too with guys who can mesh together as a new wave of athletes in B-E try to establish themselves at the varsity level.
“My expectations are to be a very hard-working team with a lot of unselfish student-athletes,” Hintermeister said. “The goal is always to win more than we lose.”
2021 BRANDON-EVANSVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL
SENIORS - Brian Lauthen, Kobe Reiland
JUNIORS - Peter Huisman, Titus Fuller, Tyler Bitzan, Wesley Siira
SOPHOMORES - Aaron Gillespie, Brady Perleberg, Dezmond White, Kian Gackle, Nathan Anderson
FRESHMEN - Carter White, Lucas Fuller, Riley Perleberg; B/C TEAM - Cohen Reiland, David Maher, Gracin Klimek, Stephen Hamilton
EIGHTH-GRADERS B/C TEAM - Dustin Gillespie, Micah Fuller, Tanner Riedel
MANAGERS - Bryce Froemming, Kaleb Fuglseth, Evan Dingwall, Lance Boesl
COACHES - Head coach - Trent Hintermeister; Assistant coaches - Adam Wagner, Kellen Traphagen
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL
(Home games in Evansville)
Jan. 15 at Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 19 vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 vs. Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 26 vs. Underwood, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 11 at WCA, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 vs. Parkers Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Battle Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 23 vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.
March 1 vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:15 p.m.
March 2 at Underwood, 7:30 p.m.
March 4 vs. Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
March 6 vs. Swanville, 3:30 p.m.
March 8 at Ashby, 7:15 p.m.
March 12 at Wheaton, 7:30 p.m.