MADISON — Barry Besonen says his team is hungry.
The Lac qui Parle Valley head coach doesn’t mean it literally. The Eagles eat well. He means competitively.
Last season was a very good year. LQPV went 18-11 and finished runner up in Section 3A North.
“This group is hungry to build on last season,” Besonen said.
They’ll do it after losing three starters: Caden Bjornjeld, who is playing at Concordia-Moorhead, Thoams Daniels and Eean Allpress.
They’ve got a good start, however, with returnees Austin Bonn and Maverick Conn.
Bonn is a 6-foot-1 senior guard who earned All-Camden North honors and was a second-team West Central Tribune All-Area selection after averaging 17.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.
Conn is a 6-4 junior forward who also was all-conference and put up good numbers: 13.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.0 apg.
“Bonn and Conn are proven players who will be among the best in the area,” Besonen said.
Who’ll play around them is a bit of an open book.
Besonen listed no fewer than nine players who could play key roles: Evan Hegland (6-5, Jr., F), Tucker Droogsma (6-2, Sr., F), Mason Clark (6-0, Sr., G), Landon Schirm (5-7, So., G), Hunter Conn (6-3, So., F), Kaiden Allpress (5-10, So., G) , Ryder Droogsma (5-10, Sr., G), Carter Amland (6-1, Jr., F) and Austin Kalthoff (6-1, Sr., F).
Hegland, Droogsma and Clark were LQPV’s “top three reserves last year and will be expected to take on bigger roles this year,” Besonen said
“Schirm, Conn and Allpress led last season’s b-squad to an 18-win season.
“We need to have players step up and replace last year’s seniors and for our young talent to make the adjustment to varsity basketball,” Besonen said.
If it comes together, expect another good year from the Eagles.