Returning with a letter to the South Winn boys’ basketball team are are (front, l-r) Carter Wenthold, Noah Tieskoetter, Jacob Herold; (back) Collin Wiltgen, Jaron Todd. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Returning with a letter to the South Winn boys’ basketball team are are (front, l-r) Carter Wenthold, Noah Tieskoetter, Jacob Herold; (back) Collin Wiltgen, Jaron Todd. (Photo by Becky Walz)

There will be no shortage of experience for the South Winn boys’ basketball program for the new season as the Warriors return five letter winners and a host of other guys competing for time.

Leading the way is Head Coach Blake Moen. He’s in his third year in the program and will be assisted by Derek Taylor.

“We return a lot of juniors, seniors and overall experience to this year’s squad. A lot of our guys have quality varsity and playoff minutes with some of these guys having multiple years of experience,” noted Coach Moen. “I think we will have a good mixture of athleticism, size and speed that will help us get up and down the floor and be able to mix well with the different teams we play this year.”


A big finish

With five returning letter winners, the Warriors had some veteran leaders last season.

South Winn never had a long win streak during the season, finishing in a tie for third with MFL MarMac in the Upper Iowa Conference with a 12-4 record.

In the postseason, the Warriors were matched with MFL MarMac in Dunkerton and scratched out a 58-56 first-round victory. Facing off with Dunkerton in the quarterfinals, South Winn held a 31-27 halftime advantage. In the second half, the Warriors struggled to put the ball through the net to fall short, 60-58.

For the season, the Warriors averaged 60.5 points per game, hitting 44.9 percent of their field goals. They pulled down 30.8 rebounds a night (182 offensive, 464 defensive, 646 total). Overall, they had 192 assists, 180 steals and 44 blocks.

Graduating at the end of the season was Paul Hageman.

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