Down but not out Boys basketball looks to new talent

Juniors Cole Trager, left, and Alex Toedter were elected team captains. The only two players with returning varsity experience, both are currently benched because of injuries. Trager expects to be back on the court soon, but Toedter will be out the majority of the season. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

The Maple Lake boys basketball team is ready to play despite having no real varsity experience to fall back on.
The loss of seven seniors from last year’s 17-and-10 squad was the first blow to the Irish program, then came the second. The only two returning athletes, juniors Cole Trager and Alex Toedter, are both injured.
Trager suffers a broken thumb, left over from the football season, and Toedter has a broken tibia and fibula, also from football. Trager expects to be back on the court soon, but Toedter could be out much of the season.
Despite the setback, coach Tim Staloch is optimistic about the up-and-coming talent.
“Without Al and Cole we lack size and experience, but we should be able to shoot the ball well,” he said.
Josh Bidwell, a guard, is the Irish’s lone senior. Bidwell is a smart player who defends well, Staloch said.
Junior Andy Mavencamp is a “good all-around player that will help us in every aspect of the game.”

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