STRONG NUCLEUS TO RETURN FOR 2020-21

By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

MOUNDRIDGE – A small group of veterans and a lot of inexperienced youth played out for a rough 2019-20 season for the Moundridge boys basketball team despite how hard they played throughout the all the games.

“We entered the season with a team consisting of a small dose of veteran players and a lot of youth and inexperience,” explained Wildcat Head Coach Vance Unrau. “I figured that we would be solid on the glass and joked that we would have to be a great rebounding team because I wasn’t sure how we were going to score.”

Coach Unrau’s concern proved to be somewhat accurate as the Wildcats started the season with just one victory in their first six games, including two hard fought close games lost just before the Christmas break as the team learned to adapt to the new players and new roles.

“By itself we were playing a brutal schedule,” continued Coach Unrau with his post-season reflections. “The break proved to be good medicine and we continued to improve as the season progressed as we did reach the .500 mark several times.”

While the Wildcats finished the season just 9-12, Coach Unrau noted that they were a team that nobody wanted to play because the young Wildcats continued to play hard while improving with each game.

The season ended when Moundridge lost a close game on the road in the first round of sub-state to a very talented Hutchinson Trinity team.

Among the Wildcats that Coach Unrau stressed as being very grateful for this season were his two seniors:

  • Brady Helms who closed out his Wildcat career by earning first-team All-Heart of America and gaining honorable mention all-state. Helms led the team in scoring by averaging 14.1 points per game and rebounding as he pulled down 164 rebounds, including 126 on the defensive boards. Helms also had a team high 31 blocked shots on the season while providing leadership and nurturing to the younger players.
  • Daniel Kaufman, while not among the top Wildcats in most categories found on the stat sheet, he did supply both leadership and nurturing while playing a strong role model for the younger players.

Looking toward the 2020-21 season, Coach Unrau is excited about the three starters that will be returning, including:

  • Corbin Unruh earned honorable mention honors by the Heart of America League and will return as the teams second leading scorer as he scored 221 for an 11.1 average. Unruh did lead the Wildcats in steals with 62 while also dishing out 64 assists and making 23 three-pointers.
  • Jonathon Schlosser finished the season as the teams second leading rebounder with 140 rebounds while also averaging 7.6 points on offense.
  • Landon Kaufman earned second-team all-Heart of America recognition while scoring 8.3 points per game and leading the team in three-pointers made with 27 and assists dished out with 89.

“I am excited about our guys that we will have coming back,” noted Coach Unrau. “Our returning starters, Jonathon Schlosser, Corbin Unruh, and Landon Kaufman give us a solid core group to build the team around. The Junior Varsity kids had a solid year and will be counted on to fill vacancies at the varsity level.”

Despite the mess with the coronavirus pandemic, Coach Unrau is looking forward to the off-season and next years challenges. He concluded his post-season reflections by saying, “Our league and non-league schedule will once again be tough. I’m looking forward to an off-season of individual and team skill development with these guys.”

MOUNDRIDGE WILDCAT 2019-20 SEASON STAT LEADERS:

Leaders in Points Scored {Avg.}: Brady Helms – 296 {14.1}; Corbin Unruh – 221 {11.1}; Landon Kaufman – 175 {8.3}; Jonathon Schlosser – 159 {7.6}.

Leaders in 3-Pointers Made: Landon Kaufman – 27; Corbin Unruh – 23; Logan Churchill – 17.

Leaders in Rebounds {Off/Def}: Brady Helms – 164 {38/126}; Jonathon Schlosser – 140 {50/90}.

Leaders in Assists: Landon Kaufman – 89; Corbin Unruh – 64; Brady Helms – 41.

Leaders in Steals: Corbin Unrun – 62; Landon Kaufman – 47; Brady Helms – 27.

Leader in Blocked Shots: Brady Helms – 31.

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