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December 8, 2013

Winamac boys hoping to build off football success

Warriors open Tuesday at Rochester.

WINAMAC — Winamac is having a late start to the boys basketball season due to the success of its football team, and boys hoops coach Kyle Johnson couldn’t be happier about it despite having several of his top players that have just rejoined team.

In fact six of the Warriors’ top nine players were members of the semistate football team this fall.

“Football is such a blessing for our basketball team,” Johnson said. “Those guys bring such a high winning attitude and they make us a strong, physical team. They’ll pretty much do anything not to lose.”

Johnson described the football players that are on the basketball team. He said quarterback Parker Fox, a 5-9 junior, will be very important as well on the hoops team. He said playmaker Levi Schultz, a 5-10 senior, is a glue guy for the basketball team. He added backup quarterback J.T. Garnett, a 5-10 senior, won some huge games for the football team and is a great shooter in basketball. He shot 43 percent from beyond the arc and adds a big, strong, physical body to the team who is a “hidden gem” as far as his ability. Then there’s big Dalton Button, a 6-2, 285 pound junior who is a “bear to stop. He’s starting to get his basketball legs and he’ll be a huge contributor,” Johnson said.

Other members from the football team include starting cornerback Jeff Nies, a 5-8 junior guard, and Colin McGee, a 6-3 sophomore.

Derek Dotlich, a 6-2 sophomore, will be the starting point guard, Johnson said, adding he came on strong at the end of last season. Adam Gruenig, a 5-10 junior, is a returning starter who is a sharpshooter that has improved his overall game, Johnson said. Another returning starter is 6-5 senior Jeremy Bentle, who has also improved overall, the Warrior coach added.

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