Ridgewater College Winter Preview: Men's Basketball
Bob Knutson, third year
Barry Besonen, Matt Gustafson, Rick Houske
Season: Today, home vs. Northland, 6 p.m.
MCCC South Division: Jan. 7 at Riverland, 8 p.m.
Tom Boike, Willmar, 6-8 post
Derek Eisenschenk, Cold Spring, 6-0 guard
Ben Moser, Paynesville, 6-8 post
Chad Mulder, Renville, 6-4 forward
Cory Nietfeld, Paynesville, 6-4 forward
Ralph Viana, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-3 forward
Joe Anderson, Dawson-Boyd, 5-10 guard
Tony Anderson, Apple Valley, 5-9 guard
Beau Bredeson, Marshall, 5-9 guard
Anthony Brouilette, St. Michael, 6-1 guard
L.W. Frost, Apple Valley, 6-4 post
Dan Hennen, Minneota, 6-4 forward
Phil Herkenhoff, Melrose, 6-1 guard
Adam Lindlbad, Willmar, 6-0 guard
Shawn Neu, Granite Falls, 6-2, guard
Tyler Ray, Montevideo, 6-2 guard
Casey Sussenguth, Willmar, 6-7 forward
Two years ago, the Warriors were 3-20 in coach Bob Knutson's first year at the helm after a long career at New London-Spicer. Last winter saw the Warriors jump to 14-14 and were 1-2 at the state tournament. This year with six returnees back, supplemented by a big crop of first-year players, it looks promising for another leap forward. Cory Nietfeld led the team in scoring and rebounding and made the All-MCCC South Division Team. Ben Moser also started while Ralph Viana Tom Boike, Chad Mulder and Derek Eisenschenk either started or saw plenty of floor time.
Coach Knutson comments: "We have a good nucleus with lots of experience and a good crew of first-year players. Defense is our strength now, but later we should score well. We'll be a running team and there will be turnovers. For the opener, we'll go with Eisenchenck and Bredeson at guard, Viana and Nietfeld at forward and Casey Sussenguth at post; first off the bench will be Boike, Mulder, Moser and Lindblad.