Mohawks boys’ basketball set to play under Bob Raven

COACHING: Morley Stanwood girls basketball coach Bob Raven coaches during a game this season. Raven is now the head coach of the boys team. (Pioneer file photo)

COACHING: Morley Stanwood girls basketball coach Bob Raven coaches during a game this season. Raven is now the head coach of the boys team. (Pioneer file photo)

MORLEY — Another high school basketball season means Bob Raven will once again be patrolling the sidelines as head coach.

This season, things are a bit different.

After 23 seasons as head coach of Morley-Stanwood’s girls basketball program, Raven took over as head coach of the boys team in the spring, replacing Joshua Bull.

Raven was the Mohawks boys coach prior to his stint with the girls program, which included a state championship in 2012.

For Raven and his team, the transition from girls to boys wasn’t much of a transition at all.

“It’s been good,” Raven said. “In my mind, coaching is coaching. The boys are working hard for me. I’m looking forward to the season.”

Raven inherits a team that finished last season with a 9-11 (7-3) record and a second place finish in the CSAA Silver.

The team is made up of five seniors in Nick Huntey, Austin Barnes, Zack Pritchard, Jason Ambler and Caden Dillree.

“This is Huntey’s third year on varsity,” Raven said. “I thought he had a nice junior year and was a positive leader. Barnes saw quite a bit of playing time last year, and Dillree will push for playing time at point guard.”

There are seven juniors on the team, featuring Aiden Nelson, Tyler Dard, Carson Brauher, Zach VanderPloeg, Kevin McNeil, Adam Carey and Ryan White.

With the players available, Raven is looking to push the pace against opponents.

The Mohawks averaged 49.55 points per game last season.

“We’re hoping that we have some depth to play an up-tempo style of game,” he said. “It seems like a smart decision to me to use our depth to get after people.

“We have quite a bit of experience coming back, but we don’t have a lot of size. We’ll see how well we’ll be able to guard the post.”

The Mohawks kick off the season on the road against Pine River at 7 p.m. Friday. The Mohawks will play every member of the CSAA Gold this season except for Fremont.

“Pine River has very good athletes so it will be a great test,” Raven said. “I think we have a challenging schedule that will help us in the long run.”

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