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sports Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

COACH

Bob Knutson, 4th season

Asst. coaches

Matt Gustafson, Rick Houske

LAST SEASON

MCAC: 8-4, 3rd place South Division

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MCAC state tournament: 2-1, consolation champion

Overall record: 18-11

KEY DATES

Opener: today, 8 p.m., home, Central Lakes

South Division opener: Jan. 6, 2010, home, Anoka-Ramsey

MCAC State Tournament: Feb. 26-28 at Minneapolis

ROSTER BREAKDOWN

(name, home town/school, height position)

Sophomores

Joe Anderson, Dawson, (Dawson-Boyd), 5-10 guard

Shawn Neu, Granite Falls (YME), 6-2, guard

Casey Sussenguth, Willmar, 6-7 forward

Freshmen

Caleb DuFrane, Appleton (LQPV), 6-5 forward

Leonard Gabbert, Foley, 6-3 forward

Andy Kalenberg, Hector (BLH), 6-0 guard

Nathan Nietfeld, Belgrade (Paynesville), 6-3 forward

Cody Rose, Redwood Falls (Redwood Valley), 6-2 guard

Jeff Ruschen, Clara City (CMCS), 6-4 post

Tyler Stein, Sauk Rapids, 5-9 guard

Breck Weber, Pierz, 6-4 forward

Mike Weber, Pierz, 6-4 post

OUTLOOK

Casey Sussenguth's 17.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg ranked second highest in both categories in the South last season. Shooting guard Shawn Neu led the division in three-point shooting accuracy at 43.4 percent on 23 of 53 while averaging 6.6 points-per-game. Joe Anderson also returns to fortify the backcourt. Six-foot-four twins Breck and Mike Weber have looked good along the baseline. Andy Kalenberg has impressed coach Bob Knutson at point guard. Caleb DuFrane transferred from Southwest Minnesota State where he played football. Nietfeld (2nd Team) and Kalenberg (3rd Team) were both Tribune All-Area choices last winter. Starters today: Sussenguth, Nietfeld, Mike Weber, Neu and Kalenberg, "We should be good defensively and board well even without a tall post," said Knutson. "The offense will likely need a few games under the belt to gel." Also, three freshmen redshirts will practice with team.

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