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Guard play will be key to Railer boys’ success
NEWTON BOYS’
BASKETBALL
Nov 29
@ Riley County
4:45 pm
Nov 30
@ Hays (invit’al)
8:15 pm
Dec 1
@ Hays (invit’al)
TBD
Dec 7
Salina Central
7:30 pm
Dec 11
@ Salina South
7:30 pm
Dec 18
Haysville-Campus 7:30 pm
Jan 4
Derby
7:30 pm
Jan 8
@ Hutchinson
7:30 pm
Jan 17-19
@ Dodge City
TBD
Jan 25
@ Valley Center
7:30 pm
Jan 29
Maize
7:30 pm
Feb 1
@ Salina Central
7:30 pm
Feb 5
Salina South
7:30 pm
Feb 8
Eisenhower HS
7:30 pm
Feb 12
@ Haysville-Campus 7:30 pm
Feb 15
@ Derby
7:30 pm
Feb 19
Hutchinson
7:30 pm
Feb 22
@ Maize
7:30 pm
Feb 28
5A Substate Tourney
TBD
March 2
5A Substate Tounrey
TBD
March 7-9
State @Topeka
TBD
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The Buyer’s Edge
E
xperience and depth in the
paint might be an issue,
but Newton coach Don
Cameron, entering his third sea-
son at the program helm, said
overall athleticism should be of
great assistance.
With only two returning sen-
iors, starters Grant Walker at 6
feet even and Austin Krogmeier
at 5-11, the Newton Railers will
be looking to fill several roles as
they look to improve on a 6-15
record from a season ago.
Newton will be a perimeter-
based team this season and will
need plenty of production from
a guard position that is well
stocked.
“We expect a lot from our sen-
iors,” Cameron said. “Grant and
Austin have already done a good
job with leadership over the last
three to four months before bas-
ketball began.”
Cameron has liked the pro-
gression he has seen from each
player.
“Austin has improved his ath-
leticism a great deal,” Cameron
said. “Grant brings a toughness
to the table that we so much
need, especially with a lot of
young kids.”
Fellow seniors Lane Pauls
and Jacob Wright will also have
to assist in giving the Railers an
experienced base to build upon.
“Our greatest weakness will
be the fact that there will be a
great deal of inexperience play-
ing,” Cameron said. “Our sched-
ule being what it is does not a lot
of sympathy for being inexperi-
enced. Once we grow as a team,
hopefully by the end of the sea-
son we will be a very solid team.
It’ll be a process.”
Juniors Gunar Drinnen, 5-9,
and Braedon Morrison, 5-10, will
step into larger roles this season
and will be counted on to be key
contributors.
The development of a large
sophomore class will be of
important for the Railers.
Returning sophomore letter-
winners include Jack Kingsley,
5-10, and Josh Robinson, a 6-5
post.
“We have some size and some
good shooters in our younger
kids,” Cameron said. “They will
be pushing for playing time as
the season progresses. Some of
our younger kids might play
some very important roles.”
Cameron expects Derby,
Salina Central, Salina South and
Hutchinson to be strong in
league play, A few of the teams
could make noise in post-season
play.
“Derby could make some
noise in 6A, while South and
Central both could do the same
in 5A.”
Cameron said his players will
need to understand their roles to
persevere this season.
With a number of last sea-
son’s losses being by less than 10
points, the leadership of
Cameron’s seniors will be cru-
cial.
“We will be small as whole. It
depends on how quickly these
sophomores come around, that
is where the height is. We should
have a good mixture of veterans
and young guys. We will need
great chemistry and intensity
from this team.”
The Railers opened their sea-
son last week at the Hays City
Shootout. The Railers won the
opener, 71-27, over Riley County
then lost to Hays, 54-53, and
DeSoto, 61-52. Newton will travel
to Salina Central Friday.
For Harvey County Area Sports Teams
other than Newton High or Bethel
College (included in this month’s Edge),
pick up a copy of last week’s Hesston
Record, Harvey County Independent or
the Ledger.
The Railer boys’
basketball team
will have seven
returning letter-
winners at the
core: (front row,
from left) senior
Grant Walker,
junior Braedon
Morrison, junior
Gunar Drinnen,
sophomore Jack
Kingsley; (back
row) sopho-
more Josh
Robinson, sen-
ior Austin
Krogmeier, sen-
ior Jacob
Wright, senior
Lane Pauls.
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