By JIM METCALFE firstname.lastname@example.org
DELPHOS — Fourth-year St. John’sboys basketball coach Aaron Elwer hasbeen in this situation before.He has to play a waiting game to beginhis season preparations as the Blue Jayfootball team is in the midst of its thirdstraight long playoff run; it may be awhileuntil he gets his full squad into camp.He is doing what he can with the playershe has available to stay ready for the timehe gets the full squad he expects after los-ing five lettermen from last winter’s 15-6edition, finishing in a 3-way tie for first at7-2 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.“All you can do is keep the kids you havesharp. We’re do a lot of passing, shootingand dribbling drills, as well as a lot of con-ditioning,” Elwer, beginning 2010-11 witha 40-26 mark, explained. “We only havefour upperclassmen in camp and six morefreshmen. When we have them all, we haveenough to do some 5-on-5 drills.”Among the four upperclassmen in campare a pair of lettermen in senior ScottKlausing (.6 markers per game) and sopho-more Curtis Geise (3.7 points), along witha pair of sophomores in Ryan Buescher andCole Fischbach, likely junior varsity play-ers at this time.Geise and Klausing will be counted onearly while the rest of the “newcomers” gettheir “basketball legs” back.“Having those 10 gives us a chanceas coaches to see what might work, whatmight not and maybe work on other thingsto experiment. Once we get everybodyin, we’ll have more of an idea,” Elwerexplained. “Since defense is usually aheadof the offense at this time anyway, espe-cially when you consider that most of thekids we will have haven’t really toucheda basketball since mid-summer, that willprobably be our first focus; it is easierto get that timing down than to get theoffensive sets clicking. We’re still goingto be a majority man-to-man defensiveteam but we always tweak it; you mightsee us extend it some because we won’t benearly as tall but we’ll be quicker overall.Losing about 90 percent of our points fromlast year and a number of rebounds, we’regoing to have to find ways to create offenseand easier shots for our kids. Our plan is tostill be primarily a motion team but we’lluse a lot more sets, again trying to createshots for the kids.“Since we’re also not going to have the6-4 kids we had and the overall size buta lot in the 6-1 and 6-2 range, we’re alsogoing to have to emphasize rebounding
November 2010 • The Delphos Herald Winter Sports –
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Tyler Bergfeld is entering his third season on the St. John’s boys bas-ketball varsity team in 2010-11 and is expectED to play a key role.