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Boys Basketball Preview 2022-23: Young Montevideo Thunder Hawks are optimistic

Montevideo returns inexperienced talent from 11-12 season, including sixth-man Mason Jerve and defensive stopper Cooper Dack

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Montevideo's Mason Jerve, No. 33, defends a shot during the 2021-22 season for the Thunder Hawks.
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MONTEVIDEO — Down three starters from a season ago, most teams would expect a lapse in success.

Montevideo head boys basketball coach Derek Webb doesn’t see the Thunder Hawks taking that kind of dip. After going 11-12 in 2021-22, Webb expects his group to be a challenge for any opposing team.

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“A lot of times when programs graduate a class like we did, people expect a rebuilding year,” said Webb, who’s going into his sixth season at the helm. “That’s not the case for the Thunder Hawks this year. Our team has a stable of outside shooters and really nice athletes and I think we are going to be a surprise to a lot of folks.

“This team is hungry and I think you are going to see that every single night from Montevideo.”

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Montevideo boys basketball coach Derek Webb is optimistic about the Thunder Hawks' chances in 2022-23.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Gone from last season are standouts Landon Stock, Kaden Boike and Andrew VanBinsbergen. Stock was an All-West Central Conference pick last season after averaging 12.6 points on 52% shooting along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Boike averaged 10.7 points, and VanBinsbergen was good for 11.3 ppg.

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Hoping to pick up the scoring slack are a trio of players.

Mason Jerve, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, was the sixth man on last season’s squad.

“We look for Mason to really lead us as our lone senior both on and off the court,” Webb said.

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Cooper Dack is a 5-11 junior guard. After working his way into the rotation last year, he earned a reputation on the team as a defensive disruptor.

“His outside shot has really developed nicely,” Webb said. “We look for Cooper to provide a punch on both ends of the court.”

Devin Ashling is a 6-2 guard/forward that looks to offer Montevideo some versatility.

“Devin played sparingly last year on varsity but when he did, he was fearless,” Webb said. “Devin is the definition of becoming a great shooter because of putting in the work. We look for Devin to play a variety of positions for us offensively and be one of our elite shooters.”

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