NCHS varsity boys basketball team

The North Central High School varsity boys basketball team, front, from left, includes Wyatt Ison, Gavyn Tryon, Tyler Vaughn, Peyton Seay and DeShawn Clark; and, back, Joshua Roberts, Levi Jennings, Nathan Scott, Trevor Hadley and Jacob Adams.

NORTH CENTRAL THUNDERBIRDS VARSITY 

Number Name Grade Height Position 

4 Tyler Vaughn 12 5-10 G 

10 Jacob Adams 12 6-4 G/F 

11 Gavyn Tryon 11 5-9 G 

13 Trevor Hadley 12 6-3 G/F 

14 Peyton Seay 12 6-1 G/F 

21 Nathan Scott 11 6-4 G/F 

22 Wyatt Ison 11 6-1 G 

23 DeShawn Clark 12 6-1 G 

25 Joshua Roberts 11 6-5 F 

32 Levi Jennings 11 6-5 F 

JUNIOR VARSITY 

Number Name Grade Height Position 

2 Kam Fagg 11 5-9 G 

4 Brennan Robertson 9 5-10 G 

5 Carson Granby 9 6-0 G 

10 Owen Thacker 10 5-10 F 

11 Devan Schimmel 10 5-8 G 

12 Joshua Crossno 11 5-9 F 

20 Brandon Daves 11 5-11 G/F 

21 Gaven Simmons 10 6-1 G/F 

24 Nolan Sapp 10 5-11 G 

Head Coach: Vance Edmondson 

JV Coach: Shawn Drake 

Asst. Coaches: Kaleb Edmondson, Brigham Booe, Logan Cessinger, Blake Cessinger 

Managers: Kaitlyn Drake, Macy Drake, Emma Alumbaugh  

Trainer: Kenzlie Westerfield

 

NORTH CENTRAL

BOYS BASKETBALL

SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME

Nov. 27 *Northview L 49-70

Dec. 3 Eminence 6 p.m.

Dec. 4 at White River Valley 6 p.m.

Dec. 10 at North Daviess 6 p.m.

Dec. 14 Hutsonville 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 Eastern Greene 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 at LCA 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 at Dugger Union 6 p.m.

Jan. 4 Greene County TBA

Jan. 5 Greene County TBA

Jan. 6 Greene County TBA

Jan. 7 Greene County TBA

Jan. 8 Greene County TBA

Jan. 15 Vincennes Rivet 6 p.m.

Jan. 18 at North Knox 6 p.m.

Jan. 21 Riverton Parke 6 p.m.

Jan. 22 North Vermillion (JV) 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 North Vermillion (V) 8 p.m.

Jan. 28 at Bloomfield 6 p.m. 

Jan. 29 at Shakamak 6 p.m

Feb. 3 Washington Catholic 6 p.m.

Feb. 8 at Sullivan 6 p.m

Feb. 11 Clay City 6 p.m

Feb. 18 Linton-Stockton 6 p.m

Feb. 19 at West Vigo 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 25 at Owen Valley 6 p.m.

Mar.1 Sectional TBA

Mar.4 Sectional TBA

Mar.5 Sectional TBA

Mar.12 Regional TBA

Mar.19 Semi-state TBA

Mar.26 State Finals TBA

 

*At Hulman Center

Greene County at WRV

 

 

 

FARMERSBURG — The North Central boys basketball team pulled off an upset of Bloomfield in the sectional semifinals, but fell to Shakamak in the championship game of Class A Sectional 57 at White River valley last year.

"We have talked about that a few times," said North Central coach Vance Edmondson. "They know that we let one slip away."

 The Thunderbirds have their top two scorers returning, including junior guard  DeShawn Clark.

Last season, Clark led North Central in scoring at 15 points per game.

Clark shot 79% at the foul line.

Clark also shot 35% from 3-point range, making 50 triples.

He also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

But Edmondson said that it will be Clark's defense that sets the tone for the Thunderbirds.

"DeShawn has the ability to play both ends of the floor," said Edmondson. "We need him to buy into getting after it on defense.

"So far in practice he has done that. If he does that, the rest of the team will follow."

Tyler Vaughn returns for his senior year after transferring to NCHS last season.

He made 81% of his free throws.

Vaughn was second for the Thunderbirds in scoring — 10.5 ppg. — and he made 23 3-pointers. He also contributed 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

"Tyler is quicker with the ball than he is without," said Edmondson. "We want to get up and down the floor and Tyler will make sure that we play that way.

"He brings a defensive intensity."

Vaughn broke his foot during their controlled scrimmage and I expected to be out at least four weeks.

Senior Trevor Hadley also is a returning letterman.

Hadley shot 51% from the field while scoring 9.5 points per game. Hadley also contributed 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

"Trevor has put on football muscle," said Edmondson. "He will get where he needs to be.

"He doesn't necessarily like to play in the post, but we will need him to play in there sometimes. He can still shoot it and will play some on the perimeter as well."

Peyton Seay is a senior who played a lot for the Thunderbirds last season.

Seay shot 53% from the field and .694 from the foul line. Seay averaged 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

"Peyton had a solid season for us last year," said Edmondson. "We need him to be more aggressive offensively.

"He is a smart player and probably our best mid-range shooter."

Wyatt Ison is another player that brings a defensive intensity, said Edmondson. 

"Tyler and Wyatt will set the tone for us defensively," said Edmondson. "They are both quick and smart.

"They also can score and at times will be needed to score."

Jacob Adams, who was the quarterback on the football team that won a sectional championship, hopes to build on his performance from late last year on the court.

"Jacob came on late and played well in the last four or five games a year ago," said Edmondson. "He has long arms and jumps well.

"He is starting to come out of his shell. The football season was good for him and we look for Jacob to continue to improve on the court."

Nathan Scott will be making the move from the JV team.

"Nathan had a really good summer," said Edmondson. "He has been one of our best players in the preseason.

"He is long, lanky and athletic. He can dunk with ease. He has range out to 25-26 feet."

Gavin Tryon also will be making the move from JV to varsity.

"Gavin had a good JV season. He just needs to develop his confidence," said Edmondson. "He can shoot the ball.

"When he has an open shot, I want him to take it."

Edmondson said that 6-5 Levi Jennings is athletic and can run.

"We need Levi to be a presence in the post," said Edmondson. "At times when Hadley plays the 4, Levi can play the 5.

"He could get a lot of minutes."

Junior Joshua Roberts is another 6-foot-5 player that gives the Thunderbirds some size.

"We have a nice mix of size and quickness," said Edmondson. "We can play with a very big lineup or can play smaller, defending how we match up against our opponent."

Coach said that rebounding and defense will be the key to their success.

"We return seven of our top nine or 10 players," said Edmondson. "We won 14 games last year and you could say we will be playing with expectations, which is never easy.

"Everybody's goal is to win the state championship. Realistically, this team could be as good as some of the teams I had at Clay City that went to the semi-state. I am not saying we can go to the semi-state, but we can compete for a conference title and sectional championship."  

The Thunderbirds will open the season in a one-day shootout at Hulman Center on Saturday. They will face Northview at 2:30 p.m,.

“We were happy to have a chance to compete at Hulman Center,” said Edmondson. “Northview will be a big challenge to begin the season with.

"It will be a good measuring stick for us to start this year."

 

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