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By Greg Sloan, North Cedar
STANWOOD – After going to the state basketball tournament the past two years and winning the Cedar Valley Conference for the past four years, the expectations are very high for the North Cedar boys’ basketball team.
Although four out of the five starters graduated from the previous season, the Knights have new players to fill their shoes.
Jacob Hay and Josh Kintzel have played on varsity since they were freshmen, Jayden Johnson played quality minutes as a freshman last year and Marshall Shedeck played well as a transfer from Midland.
“We graduated a lot of scoring in last year’s players but we have been working hard to improve on our individual offensive skills,” Shedeck said.
There also are quality players coming up from the junior varsity level, which had a very good team last year as well, losing only two games.
Coach Scott Jackson also has set the bar very high this year.
“I think we have a good group of guys here that work hard and can continue to be competitive like we have been in years past,” he said.
The team also has shown some devotion to the game, spending three weeks before pratice offically started in open gym – every night for two hours.
The team is excited to compete once again for the CVC title, but they believe they will have to play well against all the teams – especially West Branch and Regina, who have had good teams consistently throughout the years.
The Knights began on Nov. 12 and their first game is at home against Calmus-Wheatland on Nov. 26.