It is no surprise what you will get with the Indian Creek boys’ basketball team and this season’s edition will be no different.
“We do play real hard man-to-man defense and this year will pretty much be the same thing,” veteran coach Joe Dunlevy said. “I know they’re going to play hard. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
The Redskins are looking to improve on last season’s 9-13 record. They lost to St. Clairsville in the sectional tournament.
Dunlevy played nine kids last season and six are back — seniors Michael Smith, Jimmy Wood, R.J. Roberts and Jonathan Figel and juniors Daniel Dunlevy and Luke Viltro.
“All those kids, at some points, have scored,” Dunlevy said. “They all have the ability to score and that’s a good thing. The experience they have is another good thing.”
He also has senior Scott Starr, who played on the junior varsity squad, and seven sophomores.
“I think we have some kids in the sophomore class that are going to do a nice job for us,” the coach said.
Dunlevy lost Joe Pulver, Joey Burns and Jeff Gratzmiller off last season’s club.
“Their leadership will be missed,” Dunlevy said. “They kept us together last year when we were 4-11.”
Dunlevy is counting on leadership this season from Figel.
“I have the opportunity to coach him in two sports,” he said. “He was an offensive lineman on the football team and I coach the offensive line. He was a leader in football and I think he’ll be a leader for us in basketball.
“He plays very good defense and does all the little things right. Over the summer he really developed into a scorer.”
Smith is a returning second-team all-Eastern District selection and the leading scorer at 14.1 points per game. Wood (6-foot-5), Smith (6-3) and Starr (6-3) are the tallest players. Dunlevy will be the point guard.
The Redskins start the season Nov. 24 on the road at Upper Arlington. They then come back and open the Buckeye 8 conference away from home at Edison and Buckeye Local.
“I’m glad we have some experience coming back,” Dunlevy said.
Indian Creek will then be at home for the next four games before taking to the road again from Dec. 18 to Jan 8.
Fact BoxIndian Creek Boys
Nov. 24: at Upper Arlington tba
Nov. 27: at Edison 6 p.m.
Nov. 30: at Buckeye Local 6 p.m.
Dec. 4: Toronto 6 p.m.
Dec. 7: Union Local 6 p.m.
Dec. 11: St. Clairsville 6 p.m.
Dec. 14: Harrison Central 6 p.m.
Dec. 18: at Martins Ferry 6 p.m.
Dec. 21: Bellaire tba
Dec. 28: at Union Local 6 p.m.
Jan. 4: at Harrison Central 6 p.m.
Jan. 8: Buckeye Local 6 p.m.
Jan. 11: Martins Ferry 6 p.m.
Jan. 18: Edison 6 p.m.
Jan. 22: at St. Clairsville 6 p.m.
Jan. 26: at St. Thomas Aquinas 6 p.m.
Jan. 29: at Bellaire 6 p.m.
Feb. 1: at Toronto 6 p.m.
Feb. 5: OVAC Tournament tba
Feb. 8: OVAC Tournament tba