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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PHS Boys Basketball Team opens season tonight

The Prescott High School Boys Basketball team begins its 2016-17 season at New Richmond this evening. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

The Cardinals finished 22-4 overall last season and 14-0 in the Middle Border Conference. They are carrying a 31-game winning streak in league play and have won three straight MBC titles.

But it’s no sure thing such success will continue. Prescott lost a lot from graduating seniors from last year's squad like All-MBC players Mike Harris, and Keegan Nielsen along with Payton Bartsch, Jake Syverson and Nick Gehlen.

But the Cards’ also return a lot too, particularly All-MBC players like 7-0 center Owen Hamilton and point guard Peter Brookshaw to go with returning lettermen in seniors Marcus Sterud, Bo Smith, Jake Block, Luke Murphy and Nick Simon. Also lettering was sophomore Brian Tayson.

“It’s a different group because we don’t have the overall team size and length we’ve had in the recent past,” head coach Nick Johnson said. “We’ll have to adapt away from the 1-3-1 defense we’ve played to incorporate more man-to-man. But we’re still a very skilled team. We can still play the up tempo style so we don’t need to change a lot.”

That’s because the Cardinals have a number of solid ball-handlers to push the pace of the ballgame and the speed to do so. Besides the returning lettermen, other players who saw some minutes during ballgames from last season are juniors Derek Rundquist, Joe Roosen, Dylan Rieken, Westy Bartsch and senior Cameron Holte.    The Cardinal will also have a freshman on the varsity team in Parker Nielsen.

Read more of the PHS Boys Basketball team preview in this week's print edition Prescott Journal along with other PHS Winter Sports Previews. 

All-MBC point guard Peter Brookshaw leads Prescott in its season opener tonight at New Richmond.

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