By The Telegram
Greg Reed, decided to get the best seat in the house, as the head coach of the Lakin Broncs for this season.
Reed takes over for Shawn Michaelis, who moved over to the girls head spot after six years as the head boys coach.
And Reed can't wait to see what this moonlighting gig will bring.
Though he's new to the program, Reed is not new to the players. He has coached the seniors in MAYB and summer ball.
Reed is counting on senior leadership because he will have five sophomores and freshmen suiting up for varsity games.
"When I came here, I was hoping to build the program. We're going to build a program starting with good senior leaders that can teach these younger kids and not putting the younger ones out there because we have to have them," he said.
His offensive philosophy is to "run and gun," he said. Defensively, his team is going to focus on man-to-man.
The Broncs finished 12-9 last season, winning five of their last six regular season games before losing to Thomas More Prep-Marian in sub-state.
Dylan Shalberg was named first team all-league and the Topeka Capitol Journal honorable mention all-state last season. He is the team's leading returning scorer, averaging just over eight points a game, with much of that coming in the second half of the season.
"I expect a lot from Dylan," Reed said. "He likes to step up to challenges like that."
Zach Reed was honorable mention all-league and will bring some scoring, defense and heart to the team this year. He was the team leader in rebounding last year. Junior Colby Hamel, at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, looks to be the big man inside.
Junior Alex Jones will lend speed and competitiveness to the lineup, someone coach Reed calls a "tenacious defensive player". He will share playing time with Jordan Rosales.
Sophomore Bryant Miller will coach Reed's go-to guy in the shooting spotlight, someone he describes as a "lights out shooter".
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The 2009-10 version of the Lakin Lady Broncs will be similar in personnel to last year's group. And the players are glad they can still call their leader coach Michaelis. Except this year it isn't Mandy as the head coach but her husband Shawn, who moved over from the boy's side to take over the helm for a group that looks to improve on last year's season.
"After struggling through a 4-17 season last year, the Lady Broncs look to bounce back with a good core of players returning with experience," he said. "Early in the season may be an adjustment for the girls as they must get used to a new coach. The girls did put in a good summer of work and should continue to show improvement as the season goes along because they are a good group that works hard every day."
Michaelis is familiar with his own team's strengths and leaders, including four seniors.
Leading that group are three-sport athletes Amy Dunn and Jodie Jennings, both primarily guards with some forward play.
Last year Dunn averaged 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, while Jennings average 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.
"Dunn will fill a variety of positions on the floor and statistically. Jodie will provide a consistent scoring threat as well as protect the ball," Michaelis said.
Junior guard Keyton McAtee will bring over three points and two rebounds a game to the backcourt, and junior forward/guard Allie Jones brings over four points and four rebounds to the offense.
"Allie is a good defender and hard worker who will do anything to help the team win," Michaelis said. "And Keyton is a good athlete who can fill a variety of roles."
Top newcomers for Michaelis include senior Samantha Kysar, who brings height and an inside presence to both ends of the court, senior Julia Rosales, who will help at the guard spot, and sophomore guard Mariah Hill.
2009-10 record: 12-9
Seniors: Dylan Shalberg (6-2), Zach Reed (6-1), Evan Holmes (5-9)
Juniors: Alex Jones (5-10), Colby Hamel (6-2)
Sophomores: Jarett Sauer (5-7), Bryant Miller (5-10), Cody Kinnier (6-1), Jordan Rosales (5-10), Reno Armstron (6-0), Blake Geubelle (5-7)
Freshman: Pedro Chavez (5-8)
Lakin Lady Broncs
Seniors: Jodie Jennings (5-7), Samantha Kysar (5-11), Julia Rosales, (5-1), Amy Dunn (5-5)
Juniors: Allie Jones (5-6), Keyton McAtee (5-6), Wendy Waechter (5-6)
Sophomores: Mariah Hill (5-3), Melissa Williams (5-3)
Freshmen: Darrie Rogers (5-6), Megan Armstrong (5-5)