Chippewa Hills eyes bright future with new boys basketball coach

ON THE COURT: DJ Lowery (1) is expected to be among Chippewa Hills’ top players this season. (File photo)

ON THE COURT: DJ Lowery (1) is expected to be among Chippewa Hills’ top players this season. (File photo)

REMUS — Most area boys basketball teams tip off their season Tuesday, and that includes Chippewa Hills with a new coach Eric McArthur.

The Warriors are at Farwell today for a nonleague game to open the season. They play home against Fremont in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action on Friday.

McArthur replaces Mark Pelong who stepped down after last season. McArthur, who was Pelong’s assistant the last two years. said he took the job in the spring.

He’s a 1991 Chippewa Hills graduate and McArthur played football, basketball and baseball. He teaches at the Chippewa Hills Intermediate School.

“I enjoyed basketball and I enjoyed coaching it.” McArthur said. “I wanted to give a new look for our program. It’s been down for a few years. Graduating from here, I wanted to get things back to where it used to be years ago.”

By taking over the program in the spring, McArthur was able to get some work done during the summer with his players.

“We had a week of camps and practices,” he said. “We went to the Ferris shootout and did OK over there. We had a pretty good summer.”

Many players are back including eight seniors. Key players include senior D.J. Lowery and junior Seth MacKenzie, who is on the varsity his third season.

Other seniors are Cody Brown, Robert Brunell, Nick Donley, Devon Mulder, Kurt Ray, Spencer MacKenzie and Brett Walcutt.

Donley is also expected to be a key player along with Ray and Walcutt.

“Our main focus has been defense,” McArthur said. “We’re not going to run anybody out of the gym. But defensively, we’ve been focusing on that quite a bit with this group. We want to limit the other team’s possession time.”

Another key player is expected to be sophomore Mitchell Kuzma who is on the varsity.

“He’ll be a big part of what we’re doing,” McArthur said.

The Warriors went to Morey Courts last Friday for scrimmages.

“It ended up pretty well,” McArthur said. “We ended up going 3-3. The defense looked pretty good. The offense is still coming along.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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