Strong offense is back for Ozaukee

Miller, Hoffmann to lead sharpshooters while Warriors’ defense still coming into its own

OZAUKEE’S NOAH MILLER is back after making the Big East Conference second team in basketball last season. Press file photo
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team returns most of its lineup from last season’s 9-13 team.

Leading that group are two players who led the team in scoring a year ago.

Junior Noah Miller, a 5-feet, 11-inch guard, averaged just under 17 points per game last season and made the Big East Conference second team. He shot better than 40% and poured in 38 points in the Warriors’ opening-round playoff loss, 80-77, to Manitowoc Lutheran.

Miller also led the team in steals with three per game, was second in assists with 2.7 per game and was third in rebounds with 4.7 per game.

Brent Hoffmann, a 6-1 senior guard who has played on the varsity squad since he was a freshman, averaged more than 12 points per game and he was the Warriors’ leading rebounder with 7.7 per game and led in assists with 4.4 per game. He earned all-conference honorable mention honors.

 “Our outside shooting and intensity are strengths, coach Bob Domach said.

Miller and Hoffman can score from anywhere on the court.

Joining Hoffmann on the senior roster are 5-11 guard Jotham Higginbotham, 6-3 center Logan Bell, 6-4 center Dakota Hart, 6-2 forward Danny Johnson and, 5-11 guard Jon Behrens.

Others include 6-1 guard Simon Bares and 5-9 forward Ty Szczerbinski.

Braxton Gahan, a 6-3 sophomore forward, returns for his second varsity season.

A pair of sophomore guards round out the lineup in 5-8 guard Jesse Schauer and 5-11 guard Matt Miller.

Although the offense is somewhat of a proven commodity, Ozaukee’s defense is a work in progress.

“Figuring out our defensive identity is our biggest challenge,” Domach said.

However, Domach knows his players are ready to work.

“It’s a great group of kids. They have great attitudes and they work very hard,” he said.

The Warriors lost Mitch Weyker and Ivan Garcia to graduation. Both could score and play the other end of the court well.

“They were both great defenders, so we are in the process of figuring out who will step up and try to replace their defensive ability and become our defensive leaders,” Domach said.

Domach looks to a trio of teams to vie for the top spots in the Big East Conference.

“Oostburg, Sheboygan Lutheran and Kohler are the top three in the conference overall and in our division,” Domach said.

The Warriors are part of the Big East Conference South Division that includes Cedar Grove-Belgium, Kohler, Oostburg, Random Lake, Sheboygan Christian and Sheboygan Lutheran.

The North Division includes Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Hilbert, Howards Grove, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mishicot, Reedsville and St. Mary Catholic.

Teams play home and away games against each team in their division and then alternate by year playing some of the teams in the opposite division.

“Our division is by far the toughest of the two. Every game is going to be tough,” Domach said.

The Warriors were to open their season Tuesday against Mishicot. They host Oostburg on Friday, Dec. 6 and play at St. Mary Central on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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