BCS boys basketball in a rebuilding year

1 starting returner back for Warriors


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BCS junior Tyler Keiffer drives to the basket during a game against Effie Kokrine on Dec. 20, 2013, at Lumen Christi.

MIKE NESPER

Birchwood Christian School lost a heap of experience when four starters graduated from last year’s boys basketball team.

But if a team is going through a rebuilding year, it’s nice to have numbers.

That’s something the Warriors don’t have to worry about.

Of the 13 on the roster, junior Tyler Keiffer is the lone returning starter. Juniors Dakota Jones and Liam O’Neill also saw playing time last season.

About a third of the team is new to basketball, but head coach Robert Vickers said he’s already seeing potential from some of his four freshmen.

Vickers said he’s focused on teaching fundamentals early in the season. Everyone on the team has been putting in hard work, he said.

“The kids are good kids,” Vickers said.

Birchwood is coming off of two successful seasons. Last year, the Warriors made their second straight state appearance — reaching the Class 1A consolation final after finishing second in the Peninsula Conference. Two years ago, BCS won the Central Interior Conference en route to its first state berth — both school records — and finished third at the Class 2A state tournament.

Making state three years in a row might be a tall order, but any and all success this season will stem from determination, Vickers said.

“We are really gonna have to work hard,” he said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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