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BOLD Warriors return a talented bunch

Warriors open No. 2 in Class A preseason rankings

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BOLD guard Gavin Vosika runs a fastbreak against Melrose in Bird Island. Jake Schultz / West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND — For the second season in a row, BOLD captured a school-record 22 wins during a 2018-19 campaign that started with 17 straight wins.

Earning the top seed in Section 2A-North, the Warriors stumbled down the stretch, dropping four of their final nine contests, including an upset loss to New Ulm Cathedral in the section semifinals.

With a chance at redemption, BOLD brings back the majority of its core. Six rotation players return as well as four starters, which includes senior guard Gavin Vosika, who was one of the three selected to the All-Conference team.

During his junior season, Vosika filled up the statsheet, averaging 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.6 steals per game. Senior guard Jordan Sagedahl was just as devastating last season from his guard spot, leading the team with 19.3 points per game on 55 percent shooting, while chipping in 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals a contest.

Senior guard Mathew Morse joins junior guard and fellow All-Conference player Drew Sagedahl in the starting lineup. Rounding out the depth at the guard position is Blake Plass, who head coach Jake Brustuen describes as a “quick, athletic guard who can get to the rim and score at all three levels.”

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The only major hole the Warriors will have to fill is in the middle after Carter Henry graduated. With his length, athleticism and shot-blocking ability, the 6-foot-7 center anchored a defense that relinquish 57.2 points per game.

While undersized compared to Henry, 6-foot-2 senior Trenton Ziesmer and 6-foot-1 sophomore Max Marks will be counted to sure up the defense and racked up rebounds.

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BOLD's Jordan Sagedahl puts up a fadeaway over a Mayer Lutheran defender during a non-conference game in Bird Island. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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