Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Dea hopes athleticism and experience can overcome Longhorn's lack of depth


December 14, 2017

Dakota Kuhns/Western Nebraska Observer

The Kimball Longhorns have already begun their 2017/18 season. Pictured above, from front left, are Samuel Cajero, Jacob Withrow, Zane Anthony, Austin Lulf, Javon Coyle, Cole Henton and Brady Kilgore. Back row, from left are Kole Bush, Colton Mielke, Corey Travis, Brendan Walker, Beau Hanks, Izaac Reuter, Brayden Tyan and Jaren Winstrom.

Another great year is to be expected for Longhorn Basketball under head coach Luke Dea once again.

Last year Kimball finished Runner-Up in the SPVA Tournament, made a finals appearance in C2-12 Subdistrict, as well as an appearance in the Semifinals of the WTC Tournament.

Back in the starting line-up for the Longhorns are juniors Izaac Reuter coming into the season averaging 5.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds, and Colton Mielke averaging 6.7 points per game and 3.2 rebounds.

A couple more young men to watch out for on the court, senior Kole Bush and juniors, Zane Anthony, Corey Travis, Brady Kilgore, and sophomores Brendan Walker, and Beau Hanks.

Can the athleticism of the Longhorns this season be enough to tackle some of their best competition?

With a little more work on their shooting and playing tough defense it might be possible, even with the depth concern with only 15 athletes. "Keeping the kids healthy and eligible is very important," said Dea.

"We will continue to work on our shooting and scoring, we need to be patient and hunt for good shots, and if we work hard, I think we can be a very good defensive team," Dea added.

Good luck this season Longhorns!


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