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Lindbergh High boys' basketball team ready to make some noise this season


November 30, 2005 - With four returning starters from last year's squad that went 11-16, the Lind-bergh High School boys' basketball team is looking to make some noise this season.

"This is by far one of the most competitive teams Lindbergh has had in a while," Flyers head coach Jason Wolfard told the Call. "I think that in every given game, anyone on the team can start or lead us in scoring."

The Flyers' top returning scoring threat is Tyler Kiel, who averaged 10 points and a team-leading seven rebounds a game during the 2004-2005 campaign. The junior forward also recorded 74 assists, 37 steals and 16 blocked shots last season.

"We're expecting a lot from him this season," Wolfard said. "At times, he'll be the strongest guy on the floor and we want him to play like that."

Another strong scoring threat this season will be Robby Meeh. Meeh averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds a game last season, while racking up 34 assists, eight steals and seven blocked shots.

"Robby was Mr. Consistency for us last year," Wolfard said. "He's one of those kids that you love to have on your team. He loves to get inside and bang and also has a nice touch with the ball."

The Flyers also return two guards from last year's squad — senior John Wuennen-berg and junior Ben Harmon. Wuennen-berg averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds a game last season with 33 assists, 12 steals and two blocked shots. The Flyers head coach believes that Wuennenberg could have a breakout year this season.

"John's really come on strong here in practice lately," Wolfard said. "He's looking a lot stronger with the ball this season."

Harmon averaged 5.5 points and 1.6 re-bounds game last season, while recording 25 assists, 15 steals and four blocked shots.

"The past year of experience he (Har-mon) has had has really paid off," Wolfard said. "I think that his confidence level has really benefited him this season."

Wolfard also believes that seniors Rusty Stauder, Larry Quinn and Brad Gines will be key contributors to the Flyers' success this year. Gines averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds a game as a center/forward last season.

"Brad's very athletic," Wolfard said. "When he want to, he can be one of the best players on the floor."

Wolfard also believes that Quinn provides a lot of spark when the point guard is out on the court.

Quinn averaged 1.1 points a game last season, while pulling down 10 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and two blocked shots for the Flyers.

"Larry's a really good defender," Wolfard said. "He really provides a lot of spark for the team when he's out on the court."

Wolfard also is pleased with Stauder's progress this season. He saw limited action last season as a point guard.

The Flyers open the 2005 season on the road at 8 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Gibault for a non-conference meeting with the Hawks, who are 1-2 overall and coming off a 59-36 loss to Waterloo.

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