WARRENSBURG - The Burgher Varsity Boys Basketball Team is now in a transitional year, having a core group of Seniors graduate and a new coach on board.
Warrensburg Central Athletic Director Steve Nolan is stepping into the shoes of Rich Schloss, who for years mentored the team with the help of his brother.
Gone for 2010-11 is the high-scoring Brendan Frye who with his elusive moves and court-sense thrilled Burgher fans. Gone also is Mike Perrone and his staunch defense and lightning-fast passes, as well as Dante Siletti, Jason Power, and Ben Nicols with their athletic play on both ends of the court.
However, now emerging from the shadow of Frye and crew, are a fearsome foursome of talented, experienced returning players, according to Nolan.
Ryan Belden, Mike Curtis, Hunter Werner and John Joseph, who collectively logged a lot of time on the court in 2009-10, will be stepping up and taking charge, he said.
"Our players are adjusting to a new system, with an emphasis on teamwork," he said. "Everyone is learning all the positions."
Developing this versatility will allow more options while keeping opponents guessing, Nolan said. With adversaries not keying in on any particular player, more shooting opportunities will likely develop, he said.
"We're going to do multiple things offensively and defensively, and we'll make changes as the game dictates," Nolan said. "We'll be using the strengths we have to our advantage."
One of those strengths will be height and rangy gristle. Hunter Werner and Ryan Belden, both 6'4", will be charging up and down the floor, perhaps leaving their opponents in the dust. They're joined by Seniors Aaron Seeley and Nick Monroe, and Juniors Jacob Siletti, Tyler Williams, Corey Chadwell and Gabe MicGlire.
These players, who possess athletic intuition and considerable skills, are developing their own rhythm of play, Nolan said.