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by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — After placing sixth in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings a year ago with a 4-10 record and finishing 8-16 overall, Colfax boys’ head basketball coach Mark Noll believes this year’s Vikings should be able to place higher in the conference this year.
Noll begins his third season with the Vikings, posting a 15-28 record. After losing honorable mention all-conference pick Bryce Sikora along with Tristan Lenz, Ryan Albricht, Austin Swanson, Nate Hydukovich and Coltin Lemon through graduation, the Vikings have just three letter winners returning for the team. That includes second team all-conference pick junior Elijah Entzminger, the leading scorer for Colfax last year with a 10.8 points per game average, along with third leading scorer senior Jack Scharlau with a 7.6 ppg average and senior Nick Jensen who averaged 4.4 ppg.
A pair of seniors, Kyle Irwin and Mitch Medin have seen plenty of junior varsity action and some varsity time, are expected to step up along with juniors Eli Ralph, Colton Hoffman, Mason Yarrington and Blake Johnson. Other players who will be working to fill some varsity spots include sophomore Aiden Fischer. In addition, senior newcomer Ashton Greenwell has joined the team this year.
Coach Noll thinks he will have better shooters this year and more players that can handle the ball, making those attributes the strength of the team. The team is a very tight knit group and have a very strong team chemistry, according to Noll.
Goals for the Vikings are to finish in the top three places of the conference and to be playing their best ball at the end of the season.
Noll looks for Elk Mound with a lot of returning talent to be contenders in the conference along with Durand, Mondovi and Spring Valley.
Colfax opens the season at home November 22 against Thorp then travels to Amery November 29.
Seniors: Mitch Medin, Kyle Irwin, Nick Jensen, Jack Scharlau and Ashton Greenwell.
Juniors: Mason Yarrington, Elijah Entzminger, Blake Johnson, Eli Ralph, Colton Hoffman and Camron Molina.
Sophomores: Aiden Fischer, Ben Scharlau, John Riebe, Nate Edwards, Tyce Thiry, Hunter Roberts, Brady Elmer and Logan Swartz.
Freshmen: Levi Elwood, Orion Nichols, Grant Palewicz, Cohen Martinson, Charlie Charbonneau, Grant Paulus, Bowen Seehaver and Elijah Obermueller.