Coach to turn Panthers loose, 'hope for the best' Wareheim wants high-scoring team North Carroll

December 04, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Meet Troy Wareheim.

He might need a lot of friends when the basketball season is over.

Wareheim is beginning his first season as varsity coach at North Carroll and he inherits a 6-16 team that lost 10 seniors.

"We're young and small," said Wareheim, who moves up from coaching the junior varsity last season.

Besides that, one of his top players, senior guard Mike Roberts, had only four days of practice before tonight's opening game.

Roberts got kicked in the leg during a soccer game this fall and a blood clot developed in the leg. He is just beginning to bounce back from the injury.

"Mike's a good floor leader and playmaker but we can't expect too much from him too soon," said Wareheim.

To make up for a lack of experience and size, Wareheim said the 2A Panthers are going to "run and gun" and hope to get all five starters averaging 10 to 12 points.

"We want to get our games in the 80s and 90s and hope for the best," said Wareheim.

Also to have a chance to win, the North Carroll coach has given at least two of his key players, 6-foot-5 junior Chris Heefner and 6-2 junior Steve Long, explicit instructions.

"I've told them they can't foul out or get hurt," said Wareheim jokingly.

Heefner is easily the tallest player on the team and will be counted on to get most of the rebounds.

Long has the most all-around athletic ability on the team. He can run, jump and create his own shots.

Roberts, Heefner, Long and senior Keith Mayle are four definite starters.

The fifth starter will come from junior Chris Wunder and sophomores Chris Turnbaugh and Jeff Baldwin.

Providing depth will be senior Steve Hansen.

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