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VHS Lumberjacks: Six Seniors Return

By Staff | Nov 29, 2017

The 2017 Valley High School boys basketball team

The Valley Lumberjacks placed third in the Hometown Invitational last season and went 12-11 during the regular season. However, the the loss of Dylan Irvin and Alex Midcap to graduation – along with subs Griffin Pigot and Colby Bucher stings a little. However, the never-say-die Lumberjacks will face the return of six seniors.

They are starters Ethan Greathouse (6-0), Levi Streets (6-2), Peyton Bassett (6-2), as well as spot-starter Tyler Kocher (6-0) who make the transition a little easier for veteran head coach John Kocher and veteran coach Jack Dakan.

With big men Irvin and Midcap no longer suiting up in the gold and black, it will be up to Bassett and Kocher to fill their position, while Streets will stay put, as the team’s point guard, and Greathouse filling in the off-guard position.

Bassett and Kocher start at center and power forward. It looks like the other forward starting spot will be up for grabs with senior Kyle Moore (5-9) and junior Jerry Evatt (5-9) looking to battle for the other forward spot. However, sophomores Ryan Baker (5-10) and Abe Satterfield (6-0), along with good looking freshman Gavin Streets will be doing whatever they can to step in and compete for the job.

The rest of the Lumberjacks are sophomores Jacob Hall, David Sell, Trace Freed and Jake Busch, along with Gavin Streets, and freshmen classmates Logan Moore and Tommy Shannon will make up the reserve team.

With a bunch of guys battling for the starting job, it makes for good competition to have a spot on the varsity team, and the guys will work a little harder to come off the bench.

Levi Streets will have no trouble in handling the point job duties, while Bassett and Kocher will handle their spots well. However, there should be a battle for both the forward and off guard slots as well.

Levi Streets not only can handle the ball, he is a deadly shooter that put them down from about anywhere on the floor, but his aggressive play sometimes gets him and the team in trouble if he has to sit very long with foul trouble.

Bassett has the same trouble. With his defensive presence and his rebounding, he has matured into an all-around basketball player.

Kocher is a jack-of-all-trades and can play any position and do it well.

However, he too is an aggressive player and gets in foul trouble too, and must learn to back-off a bit for the team to succeed.

If Levi Streets, Bassett and Kocher can stay free of foul trouble, and the varsity bench can fill in, the Lumberjacks could chop down some wins in bunches.

The run and shoot no-holds-barred ‘Jacks will open the season will host Tyler Consolidated in their home-opener Dec. 5 with the junior varsity tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.