Returning letter winners for the Trojans are, front row, from left - Justin Izer, Ryan Izer, Justin Hackman, Nathan Suell. Back row - Triston Mohlis, Ryan Busta, Riley Buchheit, Steven Landa, Riley Busta. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)
Returning letter winners for the Trojans are, front row, from left - Justin Izer, Ryan Izer, Justin Hackman, Nathan Suell. Back row - Triston Mohlis, Ryan Busta, Riley Buchheit, Steven Landa, Riley Busta. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)

A veteran team will be taking the court for the Turkey Valley boys basketball team this winter.

The Trojans have six players returning who started at some point a year ago, and they will no doubt be looking for their first UIC title since the 2006-07 season.

Looking to put the team together is Chris Sullivan. This will be Sullivan's third season leading the Trojans. He will again be assisted by Timothy Kruckman.



Young team

Last year the Trojans were looking for leaders to step up after graduating a large class the year before. They featured two seniors and returned just 1.9 points per game from the year before.

The youthful team featured growing pains as they struggled to find someone to consistently score points. After starting the season with a win, the Trojans struggled from that point forward, winning just one conference battle. In the first round of the playoffs, the Trojans battled Valley to the end, picking up the 42-40 win by coming from behind in the fourth quarter. Moving to the second round, the Trojans couldn't stop the Postville offense, ending the season with a 53-28 loss. They finished the year 3-18.

As a team, the Trojans connected on 267-of-1,002 shots (26.6 percent). They scored 717 points, averaging 34.1 a night. The defense gave up 1,177 points for the season. As a team the Trojans had 522 rebounds (24.9 a game), along with 100 assists, 132 steals and 22 blocks for the season.

The Trojans' had two seniors make an impact. Jacob Hackman averaged 4.6 points per game, hitting 63 percent from the free throw line. He also pulled down 2.3 rebounds a game (48 total), with 12 steals. Nic Schaufenbuel was the other senior. He posted 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.

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