It's Basketball season baby - FRC outlook and My Shocker Team Choice

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New Haven, Mo. -- The start of basketball is only days away.  Coaches, players, and sports writers are ready for the excitement and drama that high school basketball brings.  Everyone has his or her predications and analysis about the upcoming season.

The past several years, the Four Rrivers Conference has been weak compared to years past.  This year it appears the conference will be much stronger overall, aside from the great coaches in the conference, teams will be better overall, making for an exciting year for the FRC.

We have the Four Rivers Conference preseason rankings and the My Shocker Team Choice.

Saturday coaches from the eight Four Rivers Conference (FRC) teams met to vote for this year’s preseason poll.  Pacific has been chosen as the team to beat.

Expectations are high for the Indians as they return four starters from last year’s team that finished 5-2 in the conference.

The Indians have two senior forwards, Murray Schwagels 6’3 and Derrick Moore 6’4, who will both pose threats inside the paint.  Teams will have a tough time with their defensive match ups with the six foot four inch Moore who has shooting range behind the arch.  There is also a lot of hype about six-foot freshman, Cullen Van Leer.  Opposing coaches are saying Van Leer is the best incoming freshman since Borgia’s Luke Meyer.  Pacific’s depth and height along with several 6’2 guards will make the Indians a tough team to beat.

The FRC preseason poll, voted by the coaches:
1. Pacific
2. St. Clair
3. St. James
4. Hermann
5. Sullivan
6. New Haven
7. Union
8. Owensville

My Shocker Team Choice.

Last year I officiated several FRC teams for both JV and Varsity and had the chance to see a lot of the JV players who will be moving up to the varsity level.  With that being said, I have chosen Hermann to be my shocker team this season.

I think most coaches would agree that Hermann is a team to watch out for, but I predict they will super exceed expectations this year.

They return all five starters, one of which was a freshman and one a sophomore.  Last year I felt they lacked some experience and leadership due to being a younger team and a midseason injury to Jake Schannath that put him on the sidelines the rest of the year, who at the time was averaging a team high 16 pts/gm.  Prior to his injury the Bearcats were 10-8, after his season ending injury the team lost five in a row and finishing the season 2-6 without Schannath.

The same is said about any team and that is staying healthy.  If the Bearcats can do that and play up to their potential, I will not be surprised if they were to win conference or finish in the top three.

Tomorrow we sit down with Coach Ray Steinhoff and Coach Dave Luecke to get their insight on this year’s boys and girl’s team as well as the upcoming Montgomery County Tournament.