Tiger season opens Monday

By Jeff Chambers prairiepresssports@gmail.com
Posted 11/21/22

Losing 60% of a team’s starting five would be cause for concern for a lot of coaches in high school basketball.

For fourth-year Paris Tigers baskrtball Coach Chase Brinkley and his Paris …

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Tiger season opens Monday

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Losing 60% of a team’s starting five would be cause for concern for a lot of coaches in high school basketball.

For fourth-year Paris Tigers baskrtball Coach Chase Brinkley and his Paris Tiger basketball squad, this season will be looked upon as a chance for players to step up.

After finishing the 2021-2022 season with a 10-19 record, Brinkley will look to some familiar faces to fill the roles left from departed seniors Bryan Kohlmeyer, Conor Breneman, and Ethan Dick.

“This year is going to be a bit of a changing of the guard,” said Brinkley. “We have guys returning with varsity experience — Drake Bartos, Kody Crampton, Reed Stuck, Brady Crippes, Tre Lee, Drew Rogers and Jackson Rigdon.”

While most of these players earned multiple starts last season, Brinkley said almost all of them will be called upon to fill a void.

“These returning guys are going to have different roles,” the Paris alum said.

As with each new season, the hope of a successful campaign is something that gets the juices flowing early on.

“I’m optimistic with this group. We’ve had great practices with a lot of energy. Guys are being aggressive and selfless. It’s a good feeling coming into practice everyday with this group,” Brinkley said.

In addition to those players already he said.

Brinkley said in addition to those players returning with varsity experience, sophomore Ty King and juniors Connor Rhoads and Payton Lankster will also be called upon to contribute this winter.

The season tips off on Monday as the Tigers travel north to Danville to to compete in the Danville Schlarman Hilltopper Classic.

Paris will face Bismarck-Henning in the tourney opener at 6 p.m.

Bismark-Henning returns everyone from last season when all they did was was win 25 games.

On Tuesday, the Tigers will play Covington, Ind., at the same time before facing Schlarman on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.