Hard-working Resorters striving to improve

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Good experience and work ethic bolster the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters’ hopes for the 2016-17 boys basketball season.

Elkhart won only two games last season (2-21 overall and 0-13 in the Big East Conference’s regular season) but returns eight letter winners, including four starters.

“The kids are working hard and want to do well,” said Ray Mlada who is in his third season as the Resorters’ head coach.

Mlada’s top goals this season are for his players to compete hard, play together and improve each day which will also be the keys for the Resorters to have success and improve over last season.

The Resorters lost in the first round of Division 5 regional play last season to No. 2-seeded Milwaukee Academy of Science, 56-38.

The returning starters are senior guards Tyler Schultz, Caleb Broaddus and Max Kossman and junior guard Noah Ruh. Broaddus was the team’s second-leading scorer last season with a 9.1 points-per-game average. He led the Resorters in three-pointers with 42, followed by Kossman’s 30.

The Resorters’ top scorer and rebounder last season was Owen Kalbacken who graduated. Kalbacken led the BEC in rebounding with a 10.4 average per contest. Kalbacken was named to the All-BEC honorable mention team.

Elkhart’s other letter winners back include senior forward Andrew Sitko, junior guards Justin Schultz and Dante Miller and junior forward Kyle Lutzke.

Mlada said the team’s strengths are coachability, chemistry and work ethic. The Resorters’ weaknesses are shooting, rebounding and a lack of depth and size. The team doesn’t have any players over 6-feet-1.

“We have good experience at point guard and at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots but lack a consistent scoring threat other then Caleb,” said Mlada.

The coach expects Tyler Schultz, Ruh, Broaddus and Kossman to lead the squad. Among the varsity newcomers, Mlada has been impressed with senior guards Anthony Klahn and Jarett Schanke.

Surveying the conference race, the coach thinks the title contenders will be Howards Grove, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Hilbert, Oostburg, Sheboygan Christian and Sheboygan Lutheran. HG is the defending BEC regular-season and tournament champion.

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