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Coal City basketball hoping to build around Big-3

BRAIDWOOD — Some have called Coal City seniors Nick Peters and Brennen Shetina the Dynamic Duo. However, ask Coalers’ coach Brad Boresi and it should be more like his returning group includes the Big-Three.

Both Peters and Shetina return from a year ago with averages of 14 and 11, respectively, but very quietly senior post-player Lane Cowherd and his seven points a game refuses to go un-noticed.

“We have a lot of kids who have shown up and three stars back from last year,” Boresi said. “We have eight total returning classmen. We’ve had some good days at camp where we’ve gotten the chance to play several games. So, it’s off to a good start.

“My goal this summer with three stars back from last year from a team who won a 3A regional championship, not that any roles are set, but I need to find guys who can fill the roles that we lost last year,” Boresi said. “So, my goal this summer is to get the kids a chance to play together, including the newcomers, to try to get them to fit in and see who can do what throughout the season.”

Other seniors expected to return next season for the Coalers are Zack Scerine, Jordan Koenig, Bailey DePodesta, Nate Chapman and Alex Medina.

The Coalers are coming off a 19-win season but Boresi said that he doesn’t want to change the formula for success all of the sudden. This because his team has steadily improved each of the past few summers by putting in more practice time than actual game time.

“I try to get as much in as I can, still keeping the kids interested and not burning them out,” Boresi said. “They are involved in multiple sports during the summer, so I try to keep that in mind and at the same time let the kids be kids.”

Coal City opened with a 48-32 win over Morrison before losing to Yorkville 44-42. The Coalers then lost to Seneca 57-31 and Dwight 45-25. They then beat Westmont 48-32.

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