Lumberjacks Look Good on Paper
The 2019-2020 Valley Lumberjacks look good on paper as they return six of their top seven varsity players, including 4-starters.
Gone from last seasons squad is Avery Kinkade and Jerry Evatt. Returning are 3-senior starters; (6-1) Abe Satterfield, (5-11) Levi Anderson and (6-1) Ryan Baker. Also back are junior starters (6-2) Thomas Shannon and (6-2) Gavin Streets, plus sophomore sixth man (6-0) Logan Bassett to help Valley in their efforts to rise to the top of the OVAC and Mason-Dixon Conference.
Long time VHS Head Basketball Coach John Kocher and assistant Jack Dakan have a starting five that most coaches would die for to begin the season. With the bulk of their varsity line-up returning, Kocher can also turn to some dependable substitutes.
However, the loss of Kinkade a true point guard that could handle the rock and get it across mid-court could hurt early on. With all five starters able to play guard the Lumberjacks should still be in good shape against the press.
Senior sharp-shooter Levi Anderson, is a good ball handler as is the talented Baker. Both players can drive and shoot the ball, and have Satterfield, Shannon and Streets to help if needed.
Anderson can score in a hurry from just inside the half-court line, and is coming off a season where he hit for 63 bonus bombs. He is also an excellent foul shooter, at around 80 percent from the line. Getting to the foul line is something he will need to work on if he is going to take the reigns of the point guard.
Baker, is an athlete that can do it all on both sides of the ball. However he broke his wrist right before the season and may miss the teams first 3-games. The good news is it isn’t his shooting hand. When he’s healthy, Baker could be close to a triple double every night, and is a player that will give teams lots of problems, especially with all the other offensive weapons the “Jacks have at their disposal.
Satterfield is a 3-year starter who can play all the positions on the floor, offensively and defensively, Opposing teams can’t let him shoot from the outside, because he can knock down a shot from anywhere on the floor. The team as a whole will be good shooters as they made over 100-made three-balls last season.
Shannon and Streets both juniors are excellent shooters, inside the arch with 40-made 2-point baskets. Shannon is a better outside shooter as he single highhandedly took care of Magnolia last season with his out-side shooting ability, while Streets is a much better slasher and rebounder.
Bassett, looks to start early on till Baker returns to the line-up as the teams enforcer inside. He makes more than half his shots and can step back and make an occasional three-pointer when left alone.
The Lumberjacks will put up some points with their outstanding shooting ability, but will need Anderson to put on his point guard hat and take control of the team if they want to get to the top in their conferences. Unlike Baker, Streets and Bassett, the rest of the guys will need to learn to shuffle their feet and play some good solid defense.
The rest of the varsity team is not known at this time as they have 10-freshmen out and will play a freshman schedule and play a few junior varsity games.
Nov. 3 @ JMHS (10:30 am)
Dec. 11@ St Marys
Dec. 16@ Tyler (6:30 pm)
Dec. 23vs Tyler (5 pm)
Jan. 10vs St Marys
Jan. 13@ Wheeling Central (5:30 pm)
Jan. 29vs Linsly
Jan. 31@ Linsly (4:40 pm)
Feb. 5vs Wheeling Central
Feb. ?@ Monroe Central Tournament (TBA)
All games tip-off at 6 pm unless noted)