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Enberg the latest to take reins of EHS boys' hoops program

Ellsworth's Logan Armstrong takes a jumpshot during an MBC contest vs. Osceola last season. Herald file photo.

As the sixth head coach of the Ellsworth High School boys’ basketball program since 2001, Corey Enberg said he’s determined to bring stability to the position.

Winning basketball, as he knows, will go a long way to making for a long tenure for EHS’s new hetman and despite a 5-17 overall mark last season (2-12 in the Middle Border Conference), the Panthers have the personnel to become winners quickly in Enberg’s first season.

That first season begins tonight at Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran. It’s EHS’s only contest from now until the start of December.

“I like that because we have time from our first outing to improve upon what we need to before conference play begins,” Enberg said. “And with one game we time to ease our way into the season because we still have kids recovering from football injuries. And it gives the kids time again to get adjusted to new coaches and a new system although they’ve done very well adjusting so far since this summer.”

While the Panthers lost four seniors to graduation in Alex Campbell, Tyler Marson, Brady DeGross, Brandon Stensrud, Derrick Swanson and James Georgakas, the team returns five lettermen (junior letterman Jarek Fischer decided not to to play this season), including All-MBC first team guard and leading scorer senior Chrystian Kulow. He averaged over 22 points per game.

Also back for the Purple are juniors Evan Klawitter and Nick Taranato (10 ppg.) and seniors Will Huppert and Logan Armstrong. Kulow and Armstrong are both shooting guard, Taranto a wing and Huppert along with senior Kyle Murphy will play inside. Klawitter is slated to take up point guard duties while senior Dan Giese and junior Emery Whalen are guards who will also see playing time in the backcourt.

Enberg likes the depth on the team and he also likes the potential inside-outside game the Panthers could present their opponents on offense. But before they can do so, the offense has to get under control first.

“We have to have the discipline and control to be able to effective in dribbling, passing and shooting,” Enberg said. “Floor spacing is going to be very important and we have to cut down on turnovers. We can attack but we want to do so with five players, not just two or one. If we can do this then we can be very effective on offense because we will have good balance.”

It’s been said success in football can set the tone for success in other sporting endeavors throughout a school year. Enberg is hoping the success of the EHS football team (on which he was an assistant coach) will make his first season a success as well.

“They want to keep it going and keep competing,” Enberg said. “They know they can be good in both.”