Core of juniors, seniors to pave way for Pelican hoop squad

Coaching, assistant staff this season: 

John Gullingsrud – Head Coach

Adam Johnson- JV

Derrick Nelson- C squad

Doug Bruggeman- Junior High

Ryan Syverson- Junior High

How does your team compare to last year’s squad?

We return a good nucleus of players from last year’s team and we are expecting those players to set the tone for our program this season. We have a nice mix of perimeter and inside play and should be able to score in a variety of ways offensively as we look to push the ball and play an up tempo style of basketball. 

How many returning players  do you have, and who are they? 

McHale Korf- junior guard (12.9 ppg, 5.6 apg, 3.7 rpg, HOL all-conference)

Jayden Rutherford- junior guard (11.1 ppg, 2.1 apg)

Logan Fahje- junior forward (8.9 ppg, 2.6 apg, 3.4 rpg)

Liam Sytsma- junior forward (4.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg) 

Logan Petznick- senior guard

Kirby Nelson- senior forward

David Johnston- senior guard

Justin VerDorn- junior guard

Weston Funk- junior guard

What are some aspects you need to work on the most to prepare for the 2019-2020  season? 

Rebounding and defense are the two main areas we are going to need to improve in order to compete with the top teams in our conference and section. We had moments last season where we were pretty solid defensively, but we need to be more consistent on that end. 

General comments on the strengths, challenges.

We have a hard working group of kids that are also coachable and want to improve individually and as a team, which is always a great starting point for the upcoming season. We had some sophomores gain significant experience at the varsity level last season which we hope benefits us this season. The coaches and players are excited to get another season of Vikings basketball started!  

 What are the teams to beat this year in the conference, and also in  section? 

HOL Conference: Perham, Breckenridge, DGF

Section 8AA: Perham, Breckenridge, DGF, Fergus Falls, East Grand Forks