Boys Basketball: The Monroe Central Seminoles boys basketball team will seek to build on last year’s success this season. The team is coming off a 14-10 year in which they won a share of the PVC title and had several signature wins against strong competitors.
Head Coach Lou Tolzda knows it won’t be easy. “We lost four good starters and five good kids from last year. We’re going to miss those kids.” He also said the team’s schedule is tough. “I think there’s a lot of good teams on our schedule. Right now, if we don’t get better as the season goes along, we may be disappointed,” Tolzda said.
Despite the challenges, Monroe Central has aspirations to do as well or better than last year. Even with the loss of four starters, the team has lots of experience. “We think we have the kids who, in time, can replace those we lost,” said Tolzda.
This year’s senior class is expected to make a large contribution to the team’s success. Seniors Bryan Duffy and Chandler Kuhn both return after earning lots of playing time last year in coming off the bench.
A shot in the arm is expected from the return of Curtis Nixon who was injured all of last season. “We think his athleticism is as good as anybody in the league,” said Tolzda.
The lone returning starter is junior guard Levi Brown. Tolzda said of Brown, “When his energy is at a high level, it makes us a better team.”
Other juniors expected to contribute are Zach Jorris (who came off the bench often last season), Tanner Burkhart, Seth Alleman, Gauge Ash and Gavin Morton (who stands at a height of 6’6”).
Sophomore Cole Howell will fill the other varsity roster spot.
When asked of the team’s strengths, Coach Tolzda answered, “Our athleticism should allow us to continue what we did last year. We want to pressure the ball and we want to pass the ball.” Tolzda added that his team’s depth is good and that will allow for a fast pace.
Girls Basketball: The Monroe Central Lady Seminoles are also coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign. The team earned a 15-9 record last season. However, the losses of personnel are severe.
The team saw six seniors graduate. Gone are Chelsea Roberts, Chelsea Tewanger, Anne LaFollette, Melanie Stimpert, Amanda Haslam and Elizabeth Robey.