GRANITE FALLS — Outscored by about 21 points per game, the Yellow Medicine East boys basketball team beared through a rough 2019-20 season.
The Sting picked up their lone victory of the year in their 20th game of the season as YME finished with a 1-23 record. It was also winless on the road and stumbled through a 1-15 mark in the Camden Conference.
This year is a new year, though. And YME hopes four returning starters can help dig the team out of the bottom of the standings.
Kyle Chase is back after finishing second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. The 6-foot senior guard paced the Sting from the perimeter with 68 3-pointers.
Named as a Camden-South honorable-mention, sophomore guard Cody Dahlager returns following a year where he was third on the Sting in scoring (8.5 per game), second in rebounds (4.2) and led in assists (4.1) and total minutes (761).
Isaac Jimenez (5-5, jr., G) and Caleb Jans (6-1, sr., G) round out the rest of the returning starters.
The one starter not back in uniform this season leaves a massive hole to fill. Sting 2020 graduate Carter Sneller was the team’s top scorer, rebounder and nabbed the steals. Still, the coaching staff believes there are enough pieces to pick up the slack.
“We are excited to get back on the hard floor,” YME head coach Jacob Suter said. “We have a really nice mix of young and old players. It will be fun to see the competitive nature of our practices and we hope to see that transfer over into games.”
Tyler Nordaune (5-10, sr., G), Silas Whitebuffalo (6-1, sr., G), Nikson Knapper (6-1, jr., G) and Tyler Syring (5-11, sr., G) will serve as back-ups on the perimeter. Tony Berthelson (6-3, sr. F) and Preston Berends (6-4, jr., G) add an element of length.
The Sting hopes it adds up to an improved 2021 season.