Posted: Thursday, 15 November 2012 5:10PM

Bolivar boys must replace talented trio

Bolivar, Mo. (For  -- The Bolivar Liberators posted a 15-10 record a year ago, which included a second-place Central Ozark Conference- Small Division finish. But the Liberators must replace a trio of talented players who were lost to graduation in David Harris, Jason Myers and 6-10 center Kiefer Starbird.

In addition to the trio’s experience and leadership, Bolivar will also need to replace nearly 30 points per game.

All is not lost for the Liberators, though, as a talented trio of returning players will lead the way for Bolivar this season. Junior Chance Rash, a sharpshooting guard who averaged 11 points per game as a sophomore, can hit from about anywhere on the court when left open. Fellow junior Coday Garrison is a cat-quick point guard who excels with dribble penetration and setting his teammates up to succeed.

Garrison, who will look to increase his four points and four assists per game averages from a year ago, is the latest basketball standout from the Garrison family. Finally, senior post player Evan Roberts will be the Liberators’ primary inside threat, but will need to increase his seven points and six rebounds per game averages for the team to be successful.

Bolivar has experienced a great deal of success on the gridiron the past several years, and a handful of gridders will counted on to bring that winning attitude to the hardwood this season in seniors Devin Archer, Tim Lovell and Brad Wolf, and junior Drew Legan.

“One of our strengths is that we have varsity experience coming back and four of our varsity players were key contributors for the last two years on our very successful football teams,” said head coach Robby Hoegh.

Junior Wyatt Jones will also be counted on for key minutes this season.

“”We have to work together as a team to allow us to be greater than simply the sum of our individual parts,” said Hoegh. “We have a humble team that will strive to get better each day and will play extremely hard. With the loss of three quality players from a year ago, there will be some role identity that will need to develop early on. Getting the ball inside the paint is something that we will certainly need to improve upon.”

Bolivar will begin its season with its annual participation in the Buffalo Tournament, which begins on Nov. 26. The Liberators’ will also compete once again in the Blue & Gold Tournament after Christmas, as well as the Liberator Tournament in January.

A key indicator of where the Liberators stand will come early, as state powerhouse Hillcrest pays a visit to Bolivar on Dec. 4.
“We are looking forward to the challenges of the year,” said Hoegh. “As with every year, prior to the first game, there are a lot of unknowns.”

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