McAuley Catholic is coming off of a banner season that saw the Warriors win 23 games and came up just short of a district championship with a loss in the championship game to Pierce City.
The Warriors will have to replace a host of key players from last season’s team. That includes Ozark 7 Player of the Year Brendyn Taylor who averaged 11.2 points and 10.8 assists per game in his senior season. Also gone are all-conference honorees Tommy Doyle, Collin Lowry and Hunter Huthsing. Doyle and Lowry both averaged in double figures in their senior seasons with Huthsing scoring 8.3 points with 8.0 rebounds per game. Also gone are Dylan Londo, Chandler Olmstead and Aaron Teeter.
One key player does return in senior Jack Doyle. Doyle averaged 15.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a junior. He currently sits at 1,157 career points and 628 rebounds.
He will be joined by fellow senior Domenick Blanchette and juniors Nathan Taylor and Miller Stephens along with several other former JV players who will step up to varsity this year.
“We are rebuild this year and will be having boys playing together for the first time on the varsity level,” Coach Randy Robertson said. “We will need some time to get to know each other to be successful.”
McAuley Catholic begins its season on Nov. 21 at Liberal.