The preseason polls have been printed, Thanksgiving leftovers fill the refrigerator and the sounds of squeaking basketball shoes can be heard in high school gymnasiums everywhere. This can only mean one thing; basketball season is upon us.
The 2015-2016 high school basketball season kicks off this week, as the Campbell County Camels look to defend their 10th Region crown once again. After back to back 37th District titles, 10th Region titles, and 2 trips to Rupp Arena, the Camels and head coach Aric Russell hope to continue their winning ways. After a few early season scrimmages, the Camels open the regular season in the Harrison County Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. The Camels will face a good early test on Friday night taking on host Harrison County in the 2nd game of the evening at 8:15. The consolation game will take place on Saturday night at 6:30 with the championship game at 8:15.
The Camels will look to replace the scoring of Blake Losey, Deandre Jackson, and Jordan Day and inside play and rebounding of Craig Neltner and Jake Franzen from last year’s squad. The Camels have 2 returning starters in floor general Trent McGovney and the “man in the middle” Matt Wilson, who recently committed to play at West Point next year. Wilson is a player of the year candidate in the 10th Region and will anchor the Camels inside scoring attack. Helping the 6’9″ Wilson on the inside will be 6’4″ senior Gideon Measner and 6’8″ junior Brad Geiman. Junior Cole Hegyi logged serious varsity minutes last year and looks to have a breakout season as the Camels swingman. The Camels backcourt will be in the hands of senior Trent McGovney who has been the consummate floor general and played a huge part in the Camels championship runs. A rotation of guards will assist McGovney will ball handling duties including senior Cam Lemons, junior Garren Bertsch, and newcomer Colin Teegarden, a junior transfer from Boone County. Junior Evan Zumwalde and a pair of sophomores, Tanner Clos and Joel Day will also see varsity action.
The latest version of the Camels seems to have a good balance of exceptional guard play and perimeter shooters to go along with a strong inside game which is why many have tabbed the Camels as the preseason favorites in the 10th Region. Good team chemistry and tough defense should also be a hallmark of this years team. One thing for certain is that the Camels will have the bullseye on their backs as 10th Region opponents hope to knock off the reigning champs while the Camels look to 3-peat and head back to Rupp Arena.
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