By PATRICK SLACK
Royalton has spent the past two years enjoying the benefits of a deep senior class, advancing to the sub-section semifinals last year after a trip to the finals the year before.
With a group coming back that scored 10 points total at the varsity level a year ago, Royalton will now have to rely predominantly on its next crop of players.
“Our main goal is to get better, both individually and as a team,” Royalton head coach Randy Thielges said. “We are very young, and usually this means there will be times when things don’t always go our way. We want the kids to learn that we learn from mistakes and make adjustments that will help (them) become better as the season progresses.
“Our strength is probably yet to be determined, but our attitudes are good and the athletes are working on their individual skills as well as figuring out how to play together as team,” he said.
Looking to fill the starting five will be the team’s lone senior, Kasey Stevens (post), juniors Matt Fountain (post) and Nick Popp (guard) and sophomores Ben Borash (wing) and Matt Daleiden (wing).
Other players that should see significant playing time are junior Trevor Cimenski (post/wing) and sophomores Tyler Hellickson (post), Shane Vannurden (wing) and David Grittner (guard).
Graduating from last year’s team were Ethan Zimny, Justin Opatz, Luke Wentland, Matt Silbernick, Stephen Strusz, Lucas Snyder and Brad Woidyla.
Royalton was scheduled to open the season at Holdingford, Friday, with its first home game versus Kimball Area, Dec. 3.