By Dave Clark
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - If the playbook of the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds boys basketball appears rather uncomplicated in the beginning of the season, there's a pretty good reason.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral senior point guard is back to run the offense for the Greyhounds this season.
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Many of the varsity players have to complete their football destiny before they put on the short pants and tank tops.
"Our game plan will have to be simple as we begin our season four days after the football players will start coming to practice," coach Paul Hazuka said. "The confidence and excitement of the football season will carry us through December."
But waiting for some of the varsity players to get ramped up for round ball doesn't mean the Greyhounds aren't looking to improve on last year's 12-13 record. Far from it.
Despite losing six key players from the 2009 team, this year's Cathedral squad still features senior Kevin Larson, who trades in quarterback duties to play the always important point guard position.
Also returning is junior Brian Nosbush and junior Nick Simon. "We have three key players with game experience to build the team around," Hazuka said. "Larson is an All-Tomahawk Conference player from last year. Nosbush is our post player in the middle. He has a good shooting touch and understanding of the game. Simon is a good rebounder and all-around athlete. His speed and quickness will make for some tough matchups. Brian and Nick played a considerable amount last year."
Of course, with just three players with so much experience, it means some players from last year's varsity and B-squad will be expected to step up their play and fill in the other two holes on the court.
Enter the names of Ted Mohr, Ben Wolf and Eric Hauser.
"Ted is a senior and a decent outside shooter," Hazuka said. "Ben played at the guard spot and has good anticipation skills and quickness. Eric is a strong rebounder, a smart player and a hard worker."
Juniors Eric Franta, Luke Olson and Ted Skillings round out the varsity lineup. They all contributed to the B-squad last year and have skills to help this year's team.
"We're taller than last year but have some good quickness," Hazuka said. "We have a large group of good athletes and have a pretty balanced inside and outside game."
Two aspects of the game the Greyhounds must improve on from last year concerns defense and ball control.
"We need to play defense tougher and rebound better," Hazuka said. "We have to take care of the ball better and make each possession count."
As always, the Tomahawk Conference has a couple of teams that have a bullseye on them.
"Springfield and Cedar Mountain have the most returning players," Hazuka said. "They should be the teams to beat in the conference. They both have size, quickness and skilled athletes. The Tomahawk Conference teams are well coached and prepared to play each game. We will have to play well each night."
The Greyhounds begin their season on December 3 at the LeCenter Tournament in LeCenter.