Cavaliers learn the meaning of starting over Loss of top eight players spurs major rebuilding job South Carroll BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 04, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

There are rebuilding years and then there are rebuilding years.

South Carroll boys basketball coach Jim Carnes lost his top eight players to graduation from last year's 12-10 county championship and regional playoff team.

Included are two of the county's top rebounders and scorers in Mike Downs and Scott Mills, along with point guard Joe Goodwin, who led the county in steals and was second in assists.

There isn't a single letter-winner on this year's roster, and only seniors Michael Yokay (6-foot-2 guard/forward) and Brian Kemp (5-7 guard) saw any playing time on varsity last season.

This is a definite rebuilding year for the Cavs, who will be hard-pressed to keep alive their string of six straight playoff appearances.

"I've never had a situation like this in all my years here -- nothing close," Carnes said.

"We're very young, so a lot of the kids know we're not only working for this season but also years down the road. The kids are working very hard and giving me an honest effort every night."

Carnes will have to rely on a handful of untested players.

Likely to start up front with Yokay are juniors Brian Peltier and Corey Hill.

The 6-4 Peltier is coming off a solid season in net for the Cavaliers' soccer team, and Hill comes in at 6-3.

Carnes is still in search of a point guard to replace Goodwin. Junior Brad Schulze (6-0) is the likely candidate and will join Kemp in the starting backcourt. Who will lead the team remains a question.

Sophomore Greg Mihalko also will see time at the point-guard position.

"Our major concern is rebounding and we'll have to rely on our defense to make some things happen," Carnes said. "We're just going to have some fun this season and see how things go."

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