Varsity Basketball

East Blue Aces

BOYS

Coach Ron Allen

249-114 in 16 seasons

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Ja’ln Williams 5-11 Sr.

G Jalen Love 5-10 Jr.

F Nathan Jackson 6-4 Sr.

F Ronnie McFann 6-2 Sr.

TOP RESERVES

G Kamron Burris 6-1 Jr.

F Deante Brandon 6-5 So.

G Bryce Ayers 6-5 So.

F R.J. Melbert 6-3 Sr.

C Larry Dennis 6-7 So.

BREAKDOWN

The quickness and speed of Williams and Love helped get East to 15-6 last season, but an early loss to Manhattan in a sub-state game left Allen wanting more effort out of his team.

The Aces also return athletic forwards Jackson and McFann, and overall a group of players a little more hungry to establish themselves as a City League and state presence.

Allen knows his team will have an advantage in athleticism on most nights, but the team must be disciplined and under control. Integrating players like Burris, Brandon and Melbert into the rotation will also be key.

GIRLS

Coach James Cole

9-34 in six seasons

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Tori Span 5-7 So.

G Elana Reed 6-0 Sr.

G Relina Johnson 5-9 So.

G Ashley Malone 5-9 Sr.

TOP RESERVES

G Ceyaira Washington 5-7 Sr.

G Sawyer Hobbs 5-8 Sr.

G Jaqita Jones 5-6 Sr.

BREAKDOWN

East struggled last season, as a group of mostly underclassmen tried to establish themselves in a tough City League. The upside to that is the Aces, who finished 5-16 last season, have experienced guards now in Span, Johnson and Malone.

Cole says the team should mature into a contender in the City League if it can develop two or three of its bench players to play solid minutes.

Hobbs, Reed and Jones will step up as team leaders. Washington and Span could emerge as floor leaders. With more experience at guard, East will try to spread the floor.

_ Chris Elliott

THE SCHEDULE

3—at Dodge City; 7—South; 10—at Kapaun; 14—at Southeast; 18—at North.

January

4—West; 7—Carroll; 14—Northwest; 18—Heights(girls); 20-22—Topeka tournament (boys); 25—Heights(boys); 25-29—El Dorado Tournament (girls); 30—at South.

February

1—at South; 4—at Carroll; 8—North; 12—Southeast; 15—Kapaun; 18—at West. 22—Northwest; 24—Heights.

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