Pictured left to right are Head Coach Brett Hammons, Aaron Cavinder, Garrett Richardson, Cole Binkley, Jake Bowersock, Daegan Hatfield, Creed Jessee, Clayton Leeth, Jonathan Overholt, Collin Overholt, Landon Price, and Assistant Benji Byrne. (Photo by Heather Marie Photography)
Pictured left to right are Head Coach Brett Hammons, Aaron Cavinder, Garrett Richardson, Cole Binkley, Jake Bowersock, Daegan Hatfield, Creed Jessee, Clayton Leeth, Jonathan Overholt, Collin Overholt, Landon Price, and Assistant Benji Byrne. (Photo by Heather Marie Photography)

MIDDLE POINT — It will be a bit of a rebuilding year for the Lancers as they return none of their starters, and only three letter winners from a year ago.

Brett Hammons will look to fill in the gaps after going 10-12 (5-3 NWC) last season. The 8th year head coach posts a 99-71 overall record as Lincolnview enters play this year.

Ethan Kemler, Zane Miller, Alek Bowersock, Logan Williams and Kyle Wallis all graduated in the spring and Hammons will turn to the only three players on the team with significant time on the court.

Junior Creed Jessee (6-2, forward) is back for another season after averaging 5.5 points per game and 2.5 rebounds in 2018-19. Also back are juniors Collin Overholt (5-10, guard) and Jake Bowersock (6-3, forward).

“The players that are returning are talented,” said Hammons. “We have to continue to improve. I feel that we have some talented players from our junior varsity team from last year that will need to improve as well.

The Lancers will need younger athletes to step up if they want to remain competitive in the NWC. Senior Jonathan Overholt (5-10, guard), juniors Clayton Leeth (6-1, guard), Aaron Cavinder (5-9, guard) and sophomores Landon Price (5-8, guard), Garrett Richardson (5-9, guard), Cole Binkley (6-1, forward) and Daegan Hatifield (6-5, forward) have the possibility of seeing ample playing time.

“With all the new varsity players, one major area we have to focus on is the fundamentals and getting them prepared for this level,” Hammons continued. “One thing these guys are very good at is working hard and getting after the basketball. I never have to question their effort in practice or games.”

Other options throughout the year for Hammons are, juniors Peter McMaster (5-8, guard), Isaiah Peterson (6-0, forward) and Fletcher Collins (6-4, forward). Also available are sophomores Elijah Peterson (5-8, guard), Avery Slusher (5-8, guard), Kyle Hamilton (6-0, forward), Carson Fox (6-1, forward) and Ethan Crow (6-1, forward).

Seven freshmen join the ranks this year for Lincolnview. They are, Caden Hanf (5-11, guard), Grant Glossett (5-7, guard), Evan Miller (5-6, forward), Kohen Cox (5-11, forward), Trey Evans (5-7, guard), Wyatt Friedrich (6-1, forward) and Luke Heffelfinger (5-11, forward).

Hammons is assisted by Benji Byrne, Andy Breese, Jacob Staley and Eddie Dreyer. The Lancers begin their season tomorrow night when they travel to Van Wert.