DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME
Nov. 23 at Shoals 6 p.m.
Nov. 26 Columbus Christian 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 at OPH 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Red Hill 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 North Vermillion (V) 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Seven Oaks 6 p.m.
Dec. 17 Riverton Parke 6 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Cannelton 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 22 North Central 6 p.m.
Jan. 7 at Medora 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Vincennes Rivet 6 p.m.
Jan. 14 SRC TBA
Jan. 15 SRC TBA
Jan. 18 OPH 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 at LCA 6 p.m.
Jan. 28 CA of Madison 6 p.m.
Feb. 5 LOVC TBA
Feb. 10 Martinsville 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 Crothersville 6 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Washington Catholic 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 Shawe Memorial 1 p.m.
SRC at Columbus Christian
OPH at Hutsonville
LOVC at Martinsville, Illinois
Photo by B.J. HARGIS
The Dugger Union boys basketball program for 2021-22, front, from left, includes Tayte Stone, Linkin Frazee, Kaine Stone, Brennen Martin, Carter Hall, Jacob Brewer and Zayne Nesbitt; and, back, Jayden Murley, Parker Racey, Andy Colvin, Russton Gilstrap, Tracen Wright, Distance Delph, Hunter Butler and Carver Eberhardt.
NO. NAME GRADE
22 Tracen Wright10
25 Distance Delph12
NO. NAME GRADE
5Jacob Brewer 11
10 Tayte Stone9
14 Kaine Stone10
22 Tracen Wright10
25 Distance Delph12
Head coach: Greg Kinnaman (three seasons, 16-42).
Assistant coaches: Phillip Reynolds and Doug Collins.
Managers: Hillary Flores-Vasquez, Arianna Frazee and Kylie Gerig.
Trainer: Stephen Taylor.
DUGGER — Dugger Union boys basketball coach Greg Kinnaman has high hopes for the Bulldogs as they prepare to begin the 2021-22 season.
“This is the most talent and most experience that I have had in my four seasons here at Dugger Union,” said Kinnaman. “We are coming off of a good summer.
“We just want to keep building as we get ready to join the IHSAA next season.”
The Bulldogs won two of 13 games last year.
“After everything everybody has gone through the last two seasons, I am hoping to have a full season,” said Kinnaman. “I think everybody is hoping things continue to get back to normal.”
The 5-foot-10 Brennen Martin is back for his senior season.
“Brennen led us in scoring at 15.8 ppg,” Kinnaman said of Martin. “He is a good shooter at the foul line, making about 80%.
“He also averaged over four rebounds and three assists per game last year. Martin played the 1 last year where this year he will play the 1 and 2. He knows the game and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”
Junior point guard Carter Hall returns for his third season on the varsity.
The 5-foot-10 Hall battled injuries a year ago, but still averaged 8.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season. He also shot 72% at the foul line.
“Carter is another returning starter,” said Kinnaman. “He was hurt and only played about half the games last year.
“We are hoping he is able to come back healthy and play a full season for us. We will look to both Brennen and Carter for leadership. I think they will be one of the better backcourts in the area.”
Russton Gilstrap, a 6-foot-3 senior, also returns with a lot of experience.
“Russton led us in rebounding last year at almost seven per game,” Kinnaman said. “He also averaged just under nine points per game. He also won our team field goal percentage award.
“He is a tall, lanky kid. He is another returning starter.”
Parker Racey, a 6-foot junior, is another player that has played in the program previously.
“Parker can shoot it and when needed he can get to the basket,” said Kinnaman. “We just need to keep him under control.
“We are looking for big things from Parker.”
Zayne Nesbitt, a 6-foot senior, also is a returning player.
“Zayne can play just about any position,” said Kinnaman. “He has been a role player in the past, but I think this will be his season to step up and play more.”
Andy Colvin is a 6-foot-7 freshman who will split time between the JV and varsity, Kinnaman said.
Also, 6-foot-3 sophomore Tracen Wright is another newcomer who is listed on both the varsity and JV rosters.
“Andy and Tracen are both new to the program,” said Kinnaman. “They are both young and give us some size.
“We are looking forward to seeing how they develop.”
Hunter Butler, a 6-foot-3 junior, is another player listed on both rosters.
“Hunter played JV last year,” said Kinnaman. “He possibly could come off the bench and help us.
“He has some good size and he is another young player that we hope continues to improve.”
Including the JV, Kinnaman has a roster of 15 players.
“It is a really good number for us,” he said. “For the first time since I have been here, we have some depth.
“This is probably the deepest team I’ve had in my four years. I am really ready to see how this group of players come together.”
Kinnaman said he has some size and quickness, which will allow them some versatility on defense.
“I think we can play some 1-3-1 and try to press,” he said. “We should be able to get up and down the floor.
“Hopefully our size will translate into us being better on the boards. We have not been a very good rebounding team since I have been here. Our defense on the first shot has been good, but we just gave up too many second- and third-chance opportunities.”
Kinnaman said they have players that can score, but will have to be unselfish, get good shots and value each possession.
He said their schedule is competitive with Shoals, North Vermillion and the addition of North Central.
“Our goal is to win a couple of conference tournaments,” Kinnaman said of being part of the Southern Roads Conference and LOVC Conference. “I think we are going to be better.
“I think we can end up with double-digits in wins.”