KIDWELL - A new start. That is what fifth-year Tyler Consolidated boys' basketball coach J.C. Kimble is looking for from a Silver Knights team that is loaded with seniors and juniors, have plenty of returning talent, but is also coming off a 1-21 campaign in 2011-12.
Kimble's initial four seasons are something he might want to put behind him, winning just 16 of 87 games, including last year's one-victory campaign.
Senior Darren Heintzman leads the way as a returning starter who scored 12 points a night and pulled down seven rebounds and also is the tallest member of the starting five at 6-foot-2. Juniors Dylan Romine (6-1) and Dylan Reynolds (5-11) are back as starters while senior Scott Sole (5-7) and junior Cole Kocher (5-10) both had stints in the starting lineup a season ago.
Romine is a do-it-all, with returning averages of 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal a night while Reynolds dropped in nearly six points an outing as a sophomore.
The bench is also loaded with seniors and juniors, led by Alex Doak (6-1), Drew Casey (6-2), Tim Edwards (6-4), Christian Ice (5-11, Isaiah Casenelli (6-2) and Randy Eastham (6-4) along with juniors Swen Schiedamantel (6-1) and Chase Cornell (5-10).
While Tyler Consolidated will be experiencing Class A for the first time, the schedule still includes plenty of Class AA competition along with some pretty good small school contests as well.
"We played a lot of juniors and sophomores last year, which leads us to be older with a little more experience this season," Kimble said. "But the biggest thing is that we just need to put last year behind us and focus on what lies ahead. We have to go out and take care of our business and get things done."
"There is no question that last year is over and we are ready to move forward.
"I kind of like the idea of moving down to Class A, even though I know that some schools are not as happy about moving down. Personally, I am alright with it, mainly because of the numbers game. We were one of the smallest Class AA schools in the state, now we are the fifth biggest Class A team.
''Of course we still play some bigger schools, which will only get us ready for tournament time.''