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Beach Buccaneers boys basketball to be led by three returning seniors

Four seniors will anchor a Beach boys basketball team this season as it looks to improve its 4-18 record from last year.Three senior starters, Ty Farstveet, Scott Lund and Sam Stoveland, all return to their roles, and the team adds senior Brandon...

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Beach senior Scott Lund, left, begins to go up for a layup against Dickinson Trinity Feb. 17 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press File Photo)

Four seniors will anchor a Beach boys basketball team this season as it looks to improve its 4-18 record from last year.
Three senior starters, Ty Farstveet, Scott Lund and Sam Stoveland, all return to their roles, and the team adds senior Brandon Stockwell after taking his junior year off from basketball.
“What I really like is I have three really good ball handlers in Ty, Brandon and Scott where most teams struggle to have one,” head coach Troy Hoffer said. “We have a lot of teams that do a lot of pressing, so the good ball handling will be a plus for us.”
Hoffer said the team will have to come together to replace the production from the graduated Kirby Maus, who averaged, by Hoffer’s estimation, close to 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
“This will be a situation where we don’t look at one guy,” Hoffer said. “We’ll score by committee. I like balance, and that’s what we’re going to strive for.”
To achieve that balance, the Buccaneers will also rely on returners Ray Wagner, a junior, and Josiah Orluck, a sophomore, and on a group of newcomers headlined by 6-foot-2 senior Taron Grindeland. Junior Dawson Bishop and sophomores Cole Erickson and John Summers also join the team this season.
“They’ll have to understand that the game is a lot faster at the varsity level,” Hoffer said. “I’ve had these seniors for four years, and they do a nice job of helping out the young kids. Their senior leadership is pretty valuable. As soon as our younger players come off the bench and adjust to the varsity game, that’s the biggest weakness until we throw them in there and see what we can do.”
Hoffer is excited for the versatility his team can bring this year.
“Scott is 6-foot-2, maybe 240, and he’ll always guard the team’s opposing post player and provide some defensive rebounding,” Hoffer said. “Any scoring from him in the post is just a bonus for us. With Taron, we might go with two-post looks and pound (the ball) in with some high-low (offense).”
On defense, “we have athletic kids that can guard different positions,” Hoffer said. “We have a chance to be a good defensive team.”
Hoffer also hopes that the team’s seniors take it upon themselves to help coach the less experienced players, which would go a long way toward improving Beach’s 2-10 Region 7 record from a year ago.
“I don't know if I’ve had five seniors on a team before, but they’re settling into their roles and helping these young kids,” he said. “It’ll be baptism by fire for some of them because everybody’s bigger and everybody’s faster at the varsity level.”

Beach Buccaneers
Head coach: Troy Hoffer (eighth season)
Last year: 4-18, 2-10 Region 7
Returners: Ty Farstveet, Sr.; Scott Lund, Sr.; Sam Stoveland, Sr.; Ray Wagner, Jr.; Josiah Orluck, Soph.
Newcomers: Brandon Stockwell, Sr.; Taron Grindeland, Sr.; Dawson Bishop, Jr.; Cole Erickson, Soph.; John Summers, Soph.

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