Large junior class will headline abundance of returning experience for Kee boys basketball’s 2020-2021 campaign

2020-2021 Kee boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Cam Lind, Owen Schobert, Brayden Mathis, Andrew Kolsrud, Landon Reams; Middle row: Jacob Rolfs, Tom Troendle, Damon Weber, Chance Colsch, Jaylen Drape; Back row: Nick Buege, Dalton Dibert, Mat Gruber, Jonah Reinke, Chris Wagner. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2020-2021 Kee boys basketball team returns an abundance of experience this season, as all but two now graduated seniors return from a squad that played to a 9-13 season record last winter. With all that experience returning, about the only thing that might stand in the way to continued improvement in the program this season is the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted nearly everything else so far this year and has actually already thrown an early wrinkle into the Hawks’ early-season preparations.

“We had a good first week of practice,” Kee boys basketball coach Pat Wagner said. “Unfortunately, our district is going to shut down for a week (November 23-27) and we are not going to be able to work-out.  I hope this does not come back to bite us.”

With 16 young men reporting for early-season duty so far this season, half of that crew will come from a junior class that has already been contributing to not only the Kee basketball program but many of Kee’s athletic programs thus far through just their first two-plus years in high school. That large junior class will be flanked by smaller classes of just two seniors again this winter and three each of sophomore and freshman competitors.

The upcoming season is scheduled to get underway this Friday, December 4 at home against Central Elkader. The Hawks will then host Postville Tuesday, December 8 before playing at Turkey Valley Friday, December 11.

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