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Veteran Ontario Squad To Open With Familiar NCC Foe

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/26/2013

It was a successful season for Ontario in their final campaign as member's of the North Central Conference, going undefeated in league play and capturing a sectional crown last year. The program did lose four key contributor's from that 20-5 squad, but welcome back a number of veteran's to lead the way this season.

Warriors long-time head coach Joe Balogh says the team return's "six guy's that have a lot of experience", to go along with players from their "JV team that was very successful." Balogh says the team will definitely rely on three-year starters Tyler Boatwright and Cameron Mack to carry the scoring load, but have other senior's that are bringing leadership and enthusiasm every day to practice.

Senior forward Josh Plieninger says he loves practicing with his team every day and although he would like to start, says he will embrace any role coach gives him. Brandon Wagner will surely start during his final season with the program, after becoming one of the deadliest three-point shooter's in the area as a junior. Wagner says he worked his butt of during the offseason to be the best he can be as a senior, and has showcased leadership skills by picking up moral at practice.

Ontario will play their first basketball schedule as a member of the NOL this season, after spending about a quarter century as a member of the NCC. The Warriors will open their campaign with a familiar foe from their former league however, when the team opens at home with Bucyrus.

Balogh says it's nice to be familiar with their opponent's personnel, having played the Redmen three times last year, but says the team has a new coaching staff and will look different from last year's bunch. And although Balogh has been around his guy's for a number of years and has been working with them for the last several weeks, says you're never quite sure what to expect until the season begins.

"You have kind of a feel for your team, but until the ball really goes up, you don't know what that feel is." Balogh says. "We've got a good feeling right now, but we'll see how that feeling comes out on Friday night."

The Warriors and Redmen will tip-off the season at the O- Rena around 7:30 on Friday. The game can be seen in it's entirety Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on WOHZ TV and at 3:00 p.m. in high definition on WMFD TV.

   
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