CG-Belgium boys have experience, not height

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Height won’t be an advantage for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team this season, but coach Josh Ketterhagen hopes the Rockets can stand tall with a talented group of guards and forwards.

“I’m excited to see what happens,” Ketterhagen said. “I’ve seen a lot of growth in the last two weeks.”

Seniors Jeffrey Emperley, Michael Navis, Max Ford,  Matt Voskuil and Jacob Peiffer are expected to be the biggest contributors. Peiffer is the team’s tallest player at 6 feet, 3 inches.

Navis was second on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game. Emperley was third with 8.8 and Voskuil was fourth with 8.3. Ford was fifth with 6.6. Navis was also second in rebounds with 4.3 per game.
Ketterhagen said of the rest of the roster – Logan Arrowood, Justin Rose, Sam Peiffer, Logan Ketterhagen and Brady Heyden – three players should get good minutes. He’s not sure who yet.
Gone to graduation are Ethan Wonser (6-6), who led the Rockets in scoring and rebounding with 12.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game and was chosen to the Big East Conference second team, as well as Aaron Veldhorst (6-3).

Coach Ketterhagen said height is something the team will have to overcome, but he said his guards shoot well and have speed to use on both ends of the court.

“Defensively, our guard play is going to be pretty good,” he said.

The Rockets, he said, aren’t necessarily a running team but they will try to push the ball as opportunities present themselves.

Ketterhagen said he will keep his options open on defense.

“Most people know me as a defensive coach and a guy that preaches man to man,” he said. “Whatever we have to dictate, we’ll come into our own and have an identity.”

Ketterhagen said the Big East will be loaded with returning Division 5 state champion Sheboygan Lutheran, which returns its leading scorer Jacob Ognacevic, who stands 6-8 and scored more than 30 points per game last year. He said Oostburg and Kohler should be very good, and Howards Grove, which tied Lutheran for the Big East title at 12-1, will be strong again, as well as Hilbert and Manitowoc Lutheran.

The Rockets went 5-8 in the Big East last season and finished 12-11 overall, losing a 62-59 heartbreaker at Sturgeon Bay in the first round of the Division 5 regional playoffs.

Of the 14 Big East teams, the Rockets play in the south division, along with Sheboygan Lutheran, Sheboygan Christian, Ozaukee, Kohler, Oostburg and Random Lake.

The Rockets’ goal is win as many games as possible and improve every practice and every game.

“I think it’s all about us and how hard we work and how hard we come in every game,” Ketterhagen said.

The Rockets’ season was scheduled to start Tuesday when they host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah. They host Sheboygan Christian on Friday and Random Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

“I don’t think we can overlook anybody,” Ketterhagen said.

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