Last season: 16-9, 9-5 DAC, lost in finals of Class 4A Michigan City Regional to Munster
Inside the Vikings
Leading returning scorer: Drew Boetel, 0.7 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder: Drew Boetel, 0.4 ppg.
Newcomer to watch: John Mosser/Andrew Kittridge. On a roster chock full of newcomers, Mosser, a 6-6 stringbean, could be the most promising talent. He has been named a co-captain along with Boetel. "He's a post guy, but he can step outside and shoot the 3," Otis said. "He's not the most physical kid. He needs to get stronger." Kittridge, in turn, is quite physical, at 6-2, 200 pounds. "Andrew's just a gamer," Otis said. "He's not real big. He's not a real flashy player, but I'm sure he'll be successful."
Vikings start from scratch
Joe Otis thought he'd seen it all in 25 years as a head coach. Wrong. Valpo returns a grand total of 13 points per game. Yes, 13.
"I looked back through all my LaPorte teams and it's the most unusual situation I've ever encountered," Otis said. "I've always had someone coming back. But it's a really hard-working group of kids. I'm hopeful we'll get better as we go along."
Many of the players move up from a JV team that went 17-3. Others, like Tyler Ingram, Sam Shaw, Brody Wilson and Quentin Palmer, were either cut or just didn't play last year. On top of that, Otis lost his point guard when Bryon Duncan suffered a serious knee injury during football, putting the onus on Boetel.
"Drew's going to have to become a more confident player if we're going to be successful," Otis said. "We have no tested point guards."
Wilson, Tyler Doane and Zach Meyer are all capable shooters.
"We don't have many XLs," Otis said. "We have to be really solid defensively and not waste our opportunities with the ball." !~ Jim Peters