November 30, 2006

Talented Returning Cast Has Tigers Setting Goals High for 2006-07 Season

After splitting time at the guard positions last season, twins Bryce and Grant Blomme will have the opposition seeing double in 2006 as the brothers will play a key role in the success of this years version of the Tigers.

Scotland County returns three starters from last years 7-18 squad and the team has aspirations of moving up in the standings in what appears to be a wide-open race for the Tri-Rivers Conference title.

Bryce Blomme returns as the teams leading scorer after averaging 9.8 points a game as a junior. He also handles the point guard duties, having dished out a team-best 79 assists in 2005-06. The talented senior gets the job done on the defensive end as well, with proof being the 62 steals a season ago that was also best for the team lead.

After coming off the bench last year, Grant Blomme will slide into a starting role this year and coach Ryan Bergeson anticipates a smooth transition, noting that Grant was the teams first option off the bench last year in a season that saw him log plenty of time in the Tigers back court.

Cody Musgrove will look to build on his impressive sophomore year that saw him tie Bruce Blomme for top scoring honors with 9.8 points per game. Musgrove also led the squad with 8.7 rebounds per contest and blocked a team-best 37 shots.

The junior will have to pick up even more of the scoring and rebounding loads to offset the loss of forwards Chris Humes and Lathan Watson to graduation.

Brandon Dale and Kyle Shelley will be looked to to fill some of the minutes at forward.

Returning starter Matt Wickert will also see some time at the power forward spot as the team likely will be forced to play a smaller line up at times due to a lack of experience at the spot.

Not that Wickert cant handle the duties. The senior was an honorable mention all-conference selection after averaging 9.3 points a game to go along with 4.1 rebounds. He shot a team-high 96 free throws on the year showing his ability to mix it up and play physical when necessary. The versatile player also had 46 steals and 59 assists last year, both second best on the squad, showing he can play just about anywhere Coach Bergeson needs to put him.

Junior Travis Trueblood fits into the mix for the fifth starting spot along with Dale and Shelley. He can play either guard position offering Bergeson some flexibility in the back court rotation along with fellow juniors Matt Dice, Eric Glass and Nathan Purvis.

Reigning league champions Putnam County will have to replace league MVP Brandon Thomas and fellow first-teamer Tyson Alexander but the return of David Fowler and Reggie Dunkin may still make the Midgets the team to beat.

All-conference performers Carrington Daniel and Colt Summers will insure that Clark County will join the Tigers as contenders for the crown.

Brookfield, Schuyler County and North Shelby took big hits to graduation, losing a combined 10 all-conference players. Yet all three teams bring back at least one all-conference player making predicting the league standings a difficult task when adding in Milan and Knox County to the mix.

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