EDGERTON — Edgerton boys basketball first-year coach Brett Grieser is ready to get the season started.
Grieser, who took over the program in May after 12-year coach Matt Ripke resigned in late March, previously led Stryker’s baseball program for seven years (2013-2019) and spent nine years within the Panthers’ girls basketball program.
He also has three letterwinners returning from a year ago: 6-foot senior Cole Meyer, 6-4 senior Nate Timbrook and 5-10 junior Corey Everetts.
They’ll lead a Bulldogs team that went 9-8 (3-3 Green Meadows Conference) last year and lost seven players after the 2020-21 season.
“First and foremost, we’re very team oriented and we’re very excited about the 2021-22 school year with all of our athletes,” Grieser said. “I do think Corey and Cole bring a lot to the table and I appreciate both Corey and Cole’s work ethic, their leadership skills and really just their dedication to improve themselves as basketball players.
“As good of athletes as they are, they’re even better human beings. But our whole team is built with high-quality kids, and that makes it easy to work with (them).”
Trying to replace those seven players will be a plethora of upperclassmen: seniors Brody Cheek (6-0), Elijah Weaver (6-2), Chase Timbrook (5-8) and Isaiah Kellogg (6-0), and juniors Kadyn Picillo (6-1), Quentin Blue (5-8), Nathan Swank (6-1) and Riley Kollar (6-0).
Grieser also said 6-0 freshmen Cory Herman and Scottie Krontz are promising newcomers, and added that speed, guard play and having multiple hardworking, high-character players are strengths he’s seeing so far on this year’s team.
Greiser, though, also said varsity experience and depth at some positions could be a concern, but thinks his team is ready for the challenge.
“Our kids are high-quality individuals who have worked extremely hard to prepare for the season,” Grieser said. “The GMC will continue to be strong as it is filled with quality coaches and athletes from each school. The strength of our nonleague schedule will also present our team with several challenges and provide us with numerous opportunities to improve as a basketball team.
“It is our goal to continue to improve throughout the year, play the game the right way, compete for a GMC title and to make sure we are playing our best basketball come tournament season.”