Boys’ Basketball Starting off Strong


Ed Harding

Junior Ryan Blum driving to the basket in last year’s game against Harlan

Kimberlie Gray, contributor

The boys’ basketball team is off to an amazing start and remains undefeated after their first three games. 

The Rams played the Denison Monarchs on December 10, winning 67 to 58, which moved them to 3-0 record on the season. Leading scorers include senior John Palmer with 18 points and senior Zach Carr with 16. Both junior Ryan Blum and senior Nate Hughes were the assist leaders with three each. 

On December 6 the Rams took on the Atlantic Trojans at home, winning 75 to 65. The leading scorers were Blum with 26 points and Palmer with 22 points. The Rams stood out with 19 defensive rebounds during the game. 

The boys played Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson at home on December 3, winning 60 to 45. The standout players in the game were junior Blum scoring 22 points and Carr with 19. Palmer dished out seven  assists.

Last year’s season record was 14-7. Some returning key players include Blum and Carr, who helped bring home a state championship in 2018.

However, Head Coach Curt Schulte anticipates a challenging season.

“The Hawkeye 10 is loaded with talent up and down. We will need to be prepared and ready to play each and every game,” said Schulte.

The team feels as if they have each other to rely on, both on and off the court.

“We are really good friends so I think that helps a lot and we all want to be great and win and we will do everything in our power to the game every night,” said Blum.

Schulte also views the team as great friends. 

“The team works well together. They play unselfish and play for each other,” said Schulte. 

Both personal and team goals have been set for this season. 

“My personal goal for the team is to improve day by day and be our best by the end of the season,” said Schulte. 

Blum set goals for himself, and believes in his team and their goals. 

“Some of my goals for the season to lead the team in rebounds and to make it back to the state tournament,” said Blum. “The team and I want to keep under 10 turnovers each game and under 50 points for our opponent.”

The Rams play at Clarinda on December 13.