2019-20 Winter Preview: Conway Boys Basketball

By Chris Parker

Conway boys basketball has a new head coach in Ryan Toombs taking over. Toombs comes to Conway after a successful run at Halfway in the same position.

“There are several current and former coaches, teachers, and administrators who always spoke so highly of their time at Conway. So those conversations resonated with me when Conway had an opening. My family and I live in Lebanon so the opportunity to be closer to home was a big factor as well,” Toombs said.

Point guard Colby Vavruska is returns after earning all-conference honors last season.

“Colby is quick and fearless with the ball in his hands, which allows him to create his own shot and make plays to set up his teammates,” Toombs said. “We expect Colby and all of our seniors to demonstrate leadership, high character, and strong work ethic on and off the court.”

Senior James Shockley is also back after earning all-conference honors. Andrew Dame and Ryder Berger give Toombs two more returning seniors to lean on.


Conway has a solid group of juniors and sophomores looking to contribute on the varsity level. That junior group includes Jake Vestal, Trey Earls, Kory McBride and Chase Caffey. The sophomores are Alton Mackey, Blake Mepham, Devon Alexander, Kaleb Doing and Quinten Herrera.

“Our biggest strength will be how hard these guys play. They are extremely competitive and work really hard on both ends of the floor,” Toombs said.

Success for Conway will be determined by how quickly the player pick up the new system.

“We are asking our players to learn an entirely new offensive and defensive system. So we will need to consistently improve in our knowledge and execution on both sides,” Toombs said.

Conway opens the season on Nov. 22 at Plato.