The Hillsboro boys varsity basketball team begins the 2019-20 season looking to replace an all-state performer and the school’s career three point leader, but it still has plenty of talent on the roster to cause headaches for opponents.
“We should be very competitive this year with a good mix of returners and newcomers, size, and athleticism,” head coach Dan Johnson said.
The Hawks lost Michael Brewer (all-state, 20 pts/10 rbs) and Ben Lampkins (career 3-point leader, 13 pts, 3 ast) to graduation from a team that finished 23-5 and won conference and district titles last year. But a team doesn’t accomplish this because of just two athletes. “We return two senior all-conference players from last year in Mark Moore and Evan Worley,” Johnson explained. “Seniors Garrett Pinkley, Ethan Worley, and junior Zach Whaley all played a large role in last year’s success as well. We also have newcomers to the varsity hoping to make a big impact in juniors Logan Smith and Eric Schneider. Jasiah Tullock, Ryan Cox, and Kyle Besand provide some good size and depth for us as well.”
So nobody will be feeling sorry for the Hawks because of the loss of two powerful forces. Hillsboro is reloading and have a lot of options at their disposal. “This team should be very versatile with interchangeable pieces,” Johnson stated. “Our ability to maintain our focus and effort on every possession will be the key to what kind of season we have.”
Another reason the Hawks are always in the mix is because of the type of schedule they face each season. This year will be no different, as Hillsboro continues to challenge itself by playing quality opponents. “Our schedule is very challenging,” Johnson admits. “We added the Fountain City Tournament to start the season, followed the next week by our Steighorst Tournament. Both tournaments have some very good teams, and playing six games in the first two weeks will give us a good indication of where we are, and what we need to work on to get where we want to be. Our district also changed this year, and we have five completely different teams from last year in Central, Farmington, DeSoto, North County, and Potosi.”
The Hawks will begin play at the Fountain City Classic. Their first opponent will be the Ste. Genevieve Dragons on Monday, December 2 in the DeSoto Junior High Gym. Here’s the complete bracket: 6th Fountain City Classic Boys Bracket. For a look at the complete boys schedule, follow this link: 2019-20 Hillsboro Boys Basketball Schedule