Johnsburg hopes to stay competitive after loss of senior starters

JOHNSBURG - After losing four strong seniors from last years squad, the Johnsburg Jaguars hope to rely on young talent during the upcoming season.

Mike Pelletier has been coaching the Jaguars for four years and acknowledges the loss, but has confidence in his younger players.

"Last years seniors were very athletic and they played together since they were freshmen," said Pelletier. "But, we have several younger players who can step up this year."

Those seniors were Dalton Ordway, Josh Harvey, Michael Couzens and Nick McCarroll. McCarroll was the league MVP last year. The team went 9-3 in the league and 13-6 overall.

"This is the time for the underclassmen to finally show their stuff," said Pelletier.

The only senior, Adrian Veldman will lead the team on and off the floor as a starting guard. He will be supported by a young cast of starting juniors including point guard Sean O'Neill, forwards Kevin Conner and Ben Richards, and center Andrew Veldman.

Coming off the bench are sophomore guards Taylor Ordway and Dustin Weller, sophomore forwards Chris Scott and Dametri Brown, and freshman forward Chris Guy.

Pelletier commented that Indian Lake/Long Lake will be their biggest competition within the league.

"This will be the test of true court time for the boys," said Pelletier. "I have high expectations for the team."

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