Young leadership will get a chance to shine for Macksville team this season.
Mustang Basketball Motto: “Nothing Worth Having Was Ever Achieved Without Hard Work”
Head Coach: Jeff Kuckelman
Years at School: 17 years all as head coach
Record Coaching at Current School: 312-103
Assistant Coach: Dan Grizzell 7th year at school
Last years season record: 19 – 7
Last season’s league finish/record: 4 th 5 – 3
Number of state appearances: 10
Number of Returning Lettermen: 6
Returning Starters: 2
PG Simon Acosta Sr. 5’11” 2.0 pts., 1.1 rebs, 0.5 assists, 0.2 steals
G Alexis Barron Fr. 6’2” N/A
F Harley Blaske Sr. 6’1” 3.7 pts, 2.8 rebs, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals
F Ryan Kuckelman Fr. 6’5” N/A
F Cleven Huggins Jr. 6’5” 1.9 pts, 1.0 rebs, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals
Other Returning Players: G Michael Seward Jr. 5’9” 0.1 pts., 0.1 rebs., 0.1 assists
F Kirby Sebes Jr. 5’9” 0.1 pts., 0.2 rebs.
F Zane Johnson Sr. 6’0” 0.1 pts, 0.2 rebs, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals
Top Players Graduated: Karson Waters, Kaleb Lickiss, Kody Mead, Darien Miller, Grant Frink
Coaches comments on upcoming season:
We will be very young with the potential for some freshmen to see significant playing time. Some of our upper-classmen were a big part of our run to the state tournament last season so we are hoping that they can lead our youth and give them a chance to mature and get better throughout the season. Our league is always extremely challenging with the 1A and 2A state champion and the 1A runner-up all residing in it. There are also several out of league games against good teams that will be challenging. Put all that together and we hope those challenges will help our team to get better and be prepared for the postseason.
St. John will be tough as they have Halling back and have a shooter that can take some of the pressure off of him.
Ness City has some returning players and have been pretty good on the jv level so they will still be a good team.
Ellinwood could surprise some people as they have some key returners as well as some good freshmen that will
make them better. Victoria will be looking to some younger players to give them minutes. LaCrosse has a couple
players back that were their driving force last year so I look for them to be improved. Kinsley lost a lot to
graduation but are looking to some underclassmen that saw minutes last year to step up. Otis Bison lost 2 very good
players to graduation but will have a couple starters back who will help them. As always, our league will be
extremely tough and we hope to be improved throughout the season.