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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012




Midgets have higher expectations in 2012-13 BY DAVID SWARTZ MANAGING EDITOR

Expectations are high for the Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team this season. While the Midgets may not be quite ready to challenge the top tier teams like Western Christian and Spencer, a .500 season and better is a possibility. ELC hasn’t finished above .500 since the 1990s. ELC returns all players returning from last year’s team that went 816 overall and 3-11 in the Lakes Conference, With some talented newcomers helping out, ELC is off to a 4-4 starter overall and 2-2 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets have wins over Emmetsburg and Cherokee with losses to Spencer and Storm Lake. Matt Burrell, 6-2 senior forward, is the team’s returning leading scorer and rebounder. After averaging 9.8 points pre game last year and puling down 158 rebounds, Burrell is averaging 9 points per contest and already had 50 rebounds. However, he’s getting more help in the scoring department. He also led the team in steals with 46. Tyler Swanson, a 6-1 senior guard who missed part of last season to injury, is also averaging 9 points per game this season—up from 5.9 points per game last year. Also returning is Evan Hansen, a 5-10 senior guard. He averaged 6.4 points per game last season and had 119 assists. This year he is averaging 7.0 points per contest with a team-leading 35 assists. Adam Reiter, a 5-10 senior guard, was a threat from long range last season making 39-of 101 from long range. While he’s struggled to start the season, he is still a threat to catch fire. The Midgets have gotten a boost from 6-2 forward David Hughes. With more court time, Hughes is averaging 7.3 points per contest. Coach York Plagge, now in his

SCHEDULE: Nov. 27 Harris-Lake Park (29-66) Nov. 30 Forest City (50-66) Dec. 1 GTRA (55-30) Dec. 4 Emmetsburg (46-42) Dec. 7 Spencer (39-68) Dec. 10 North Union (65-46) Dec. 11 Storm Lake (53-73) Dec. 14 Cherokee (64-58) Dec. 21 Spirit Lake Jan. 3 @Pocahontas Jan. 4 LeMars Jan. 10 @Newell-Fonda Jan. 11 @Western Christian Jan. 15 @Emmetsburg Jan. 18 @Spencer Jan. 22 Storm Lake Jan. 25 @Cherokee Jan. 29 @Spirit Lake Feb. 1 @ LeMars Feb. 5 Western Christian

fifth season, has a deep bench. Also returning with experience are seniors Derek Nieland, Tucker Milburn, Brad Olsen and Jeff Perkins. Nieland is known for his defense, but also has improved his scoring thus far. Milburn averaged 6.0 points per game last season, but has seen less court time to start the season. Olsen, a 6-3 post, averaged 5.9 points per game last season, but also hasn’t been on the court as much. However, both have provided valuable minutes and started at least once as Plagge works to tweak the lineup. Junior guards Joe Heinrichs and Carsten Bosch both have shared time at point guard with Hansen. Heinrichs is averaging 4.4 points per contest. Bosch saw action last season and continues to be a valuable player off the bench. Rounding out the ELC roster are junior Clay Tredway and sophomores Justin Heinrichs, Rod Fuller and Noah Diekmann. Plagge said he is looking for consistency in the team as he tries to determine the permanent starters

Evan Hansen (10) will run the point for the Estherville Lincoln Central Boys Basketball Team in 2012-13. He is one of eight seniors on the team. EDN photo by David Swartz

early in the season. That will allow the other players to know their roles. Perennial basketball powerhouse

Western Christian again appears to with the next teams, Spirit Lake be the team to beat with Spencer and Storm Lake, as well as work to and LeMars also battling for the top challenge the top teams. spot. ELC will try to keep pace

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