Ellsworth boys' hoops looks for continued advancementTime doesn't stop, which means the first winning season for the Ellsworth High School boys basketball team in a decade isn't the end of the journey, but the beginning.
Time doesn't stop, which means the first winning season for the Ellsworth High School boys basketball team in a decade isn't the end of the journey, but the beginning.
Last season the Panthers recorded their first winning season since 2000 with a 12-10 overall mark, 7-7 in the Middle Border Conference. The program wants to have more such seasons and advance further in the playoffs.
But it will be a challenge to do such things this winter because EHS lost seven seniors to graduation, including All-MBC player Jimmy Miska along with All-MBC honorable mention Chris Niedfeldt and Riley O'Neil, Daigen Afdahl, Bryce Stockwell, Tyler Samuel and Joe Henning.
"It will be a complete face lift for us," EHS head coach Cory Brathol said. "There's not a lot of experience or cohesiveness as one team yet, so it's going to take a lot of learning, and lot of improvement in each ballgame until we can bring a team together. But I don't believe it will be a difficult task because the kids have very good attitudes, good work ethic and good chemistry between each other."
Only one starter returns from last season but fortunately for the Purple it's one of the most important positions on the floor as senior Travis Kroll will be Ellsworth's starting point guard.
See more in the PCH Winter Sports Preview on newsstands Nov. 29.