Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Squads Courting High Expectations Boys Hoping to Rise above `Good Season'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Squads Courting High Expectations Boys Hoping to Rise above `Good Season'

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Greg Traffas' first season as boys basketball coach at Duchesne High went pretty well. But it could've been even better.

"Overall, I was real pleased with the way we played last year," said Traffas, whose team was 16-10 overall and 5-3 in the Gateway Athletic Conference. "At the same time, though, we let a few games get away from us. With a few breaks, we could've won 20 games."

And this year?

"I expect us to have another good season," Traffas said. "These guys have worked hard and they've set some pretty lofty goals for themselves. I know they're expecting a big season and I don't want to do anything to discourage them.

"I really think we can have a good year."

The Pioneers, who lost to Warrenton in the district championship game, return a number of key players. And most of them saw a good deal of action last season.

"This is a team with some depth; I'd say we have eight or nine guys who are capable of starting and doing a good job for us," Traffas said. "And because most of them played last year, I don't think anybody's going to get too caught up about starting or not starting. We have a number of guys who can contribute and I'd like to make use of all their talents whenever possible."

Defense will definitely be a key for the Pioneers.

"It took awhile for things to come together last year, but once our guys bought into what we were trying to accomplish defensively, we really played well. At one point, we won nine in a row and defense was a big part of that," Traffas said. "These guys are starting to take pride in their defense and that's going to make us an even stronger team this year."

Key returnees for the Pioneers include 6-foot-6 junior Jeff Glosier, 6-2 junior Darren Rauscher and 6-1 senior Reed Bredensteiner.

"Jeff and Darren saw a lot of time as sophomores and we're expecting big things from them this year," Traffas said. "Jeff has some size and his post moves have improved. But he can still be his own worst enemy because he wants to do so well. Darren's another guy who can do a lot of things to help this team. He's might be our best shooter.

"And Reed, he's a great athlete who has the ability to take control of a game."

Others expected to see a lot of action include 6-3 junior Todd Jacobs, 6-4 senior Tom Connors, 5-8 guard Tom Vogt, 5-11 senior Matt Cleary, 6-1 senior Jason Beerman, 5-11 senior Neil Hurst and 5-11 junior Jeff Dauer. …

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