Boys basketball preview: Beset with injuries, Pelican boys will need to battle to retain HOL conference crown this year
Sports News | Published on November 30, 2022 at 6:36pm CST | Author: Pelican Rapids Press0
Coach: John Gullingsrud
Years as coach: 9th Season
Career record: 93-117
Assistant coaches: Adam Johnson (JV), Derrick Nelson (9th), Dave Rund (Varsity Assistant)
Last year’s record and highlights: 22-6 overall, 11-1 conference, HOL Conference Champs
Returning letter-winners: Ian Fahje- Senior Forward (12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Hunter Williams- Senior Forward (8.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Tanner Tollerud- Senior Wing (6.4 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.9 rpg), Peyton Blakeway- Senior Guard (4.0 ppg), Brady Petznick- Senior Forward, Jayden Ripley- Senior Forward, Tydan Marich- Senior Wing, Timmy Guler- Junior Guard- out for the season with an ACL injury from football (18.3 ppg, 3.4 apg, 4.8 rpg), Luke Sjolie- Junior Guard, Ethan Sjostrom- Junior Guard, Charlie Larson- Sophomore Guard
Possible Newcomers: Brody Seter- Junior Guard, Josh Bakken- Junior Guard, Esteban Garza- Junior Guard, Treyvon Benson- Sophomore Guard, Brody Syverson- Sophomore Guard, Channing Russman- Sophomore Guard
Season Outlook: We return a lot of experience from last season and have good size overall, with some quickness and athleticism on the perimeter. We have a senior group that has played a bunch of varsity minutes, so that experience and leadership from them will be key for us, especially early on in the season.
With the loss of Timmy Guler for the season due to injury, we are going to need our guys to adjust to new roles, as we will need some players to step up and fill the scoring and ball-handling void that we have with him out. We also have Peyton Blakeway and Luke Sjolie sidelined with injuries to start the season, so we will need some young perimeter players to seize the opportunity in front of them. We will likely have some inconsistent play early on in December as our team chemistry builds, but I think we have a group of guys who are excited to follow up on the success we had last season by working hard and improving as this season goes along.
Top Conference teams: Perham, DGF
Top Section teams: Perham, Thief River Falls, DGF