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Boys basketball preview: Juniors and sophomores lead the way for BOLD Warriors

BIRD ISLAND — The BOLD boys basketball team will look to the depth within its junior and sophomore classes for postseason success.

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had an 18-9 overall record, which also saw a 12-game winning streak, in the 2022-23 season. The Warriors were 7-6 in the West Central Conference.

“We will be a young team this season with six of the seven projected heavy minute players being juniors or sophomores,” BOLD head coach Jake Brustuen said.

BOLD sophomore William Penkert, left, puts up a shot over Lester Prairie’s Caiden Hermann during a Section 2A-North semifinal game on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Sibley East High School in Arlington.

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He enters his eighth season at the helm of the Warriors, has a 127-54 record over that span and will be assisted by Matthew Moorse and Thomas Meyers.

“The juniors all have rotational experience over the past season or two, so we are still expecting a team that is going to compete with anyone and be fighting for postseason success come February/March,” Brustuen said.

BOLD junior Andrew Meyers, 4, puts up a fadeaway jumper over Benson's Juan Espinoza during a West Central Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at Benson.

BOLD junior Andrew Meyers, 4, puts up a fadeaway jumper over Benson’s Juan Espinoza during a West Central Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at Benson.

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Jack Gross returns as an All-Area Second Team pick and an All-WCC pick for the Warriors. He is a 6-foot-5-inch guard who averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per contest.

Also returning as starters are juniors Will Penkert and Hudson Vosika. Penkert is a 6-3 forward and Vosika is a 5-10 guard who missed last season due to an injury but started as a freshman.

Leading BOLD’s sophomore group will be Owen Baumgartner, who is a 6-4 forward.

“Owen will play a big role in the rotation this season,” Brustuen said. “He is an athletic, strong post/forward who rebounds well and runs the floor hard.”

Key roster losses for the Warriors are Ryan King and Andrew Meyers. King was an All-Area Third Team member a season ago, who averaged 19.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

(All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Dec. 5 — at Central Minnesota Christian

Dec. 8 — vs. Melrose

Dec. 14 — at Montevideo

Dec. 18 — vs. Mayer Lutheran

Dec. 21 — at Springfield, 8 p.m.

Dec. 29 — vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 2:45 p.m. at St. Cloud Tech

Dec. 30 — vs. Cass Lake-Bena, 5:15 p.m. at St. Cloud Apollo

Jan. 2 — vs. Benson

Jan. 4 — at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 5 — at Sauk Centre, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 9 — at Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Jan. 11 — at Minnewaska, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 16 — at Renville County West, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 18 — vs. Cedar Mountain, 6 p.m.

Jan. 19 — at West Central, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 — at Yellow Medicine East, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 25 — vs. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

Jan. 27 — vs. Minnewaska, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 — at Benson

Jan. 30 — vs. Minneota

Feb. 2 — at Melrose

Feb. 8 — vs. Montevideo

Feb. 12 — vs. Sauk Centre

Feb. 20 — vs. Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Feb. 23 — vs. West Central

Feb. 27 — at New Ulm Cathedral, 8 p.m.

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.