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Boys basketball preview: YME Sting seek some new key players

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boys basketball team lost lots of production from a season ago and will look to a new crop of players to help bring it success in 2023-24.

YME was 4-13 in the Camden Conference and 8-19 overall in 2022-23. Bryce Sneller, Cody Dahlager and Owen Torvik highlight the Sting’s key roster losses.

YME junior DJ Whitebuffalo, 3, high-fives teammate Bryce Sneller after scoring a layup and drawing a foul during a Camden Conference game against KMS on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at Granite Falls.

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Sneller was an All-Camden Conference pick who was YME’s most valuable player and most valuable offensive player. Dahlager was an All-Camden Honorable Mention.

“We graduated a lot of very talented players last season who played a majority of the minutes over the last few years,” said head coach Logan DeBlieck, who enters his third season with the Sting. “We are excited to see the players who came off the bench last season get more minutes and see what they can do with the extra time on the court.”

Drew Almich, DJ Whitebuffalo and Andrew Flaten return as starters.

Almich, a 6-foot-4-inch senior guard, appeared in all 27 games for YME, averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Whitebuffalo, a 6-2 senior guard, appeared in 21 contests, averaging 9.3 points.

“Drew will have a bigger role on the team stretching the defense with his ability to shoot,” DeBlieck said. “DJ will be our primary ball-handler and the guy who facilitates our offense. DJ is a long defender. He makes the other team’s guards have to work to score all game.”

DeBlieck will also look toward Ricky Enney to take the next step. He is a 6-1 senior forward.

“Ricky was a key role player coming off of the bench for us last season. He is looking to take over a starting spot this year as a high-energy player. He is able to score at all three levels. He is also strong enough to defend an opponent’s big guy and quick enough to hang with most guards.”

(All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Dec. 1 — vs. ACGC

Dec. 5 — at Benson

Dec. 8 — vs. Lakeview, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 — vs. Canby, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 14 — at Minneota, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 — vs. Montevideo, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 19 — at Renville County West, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — at Red Rock Central, 8 p.m.

Dec. 28 — at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 — at MACCRAY, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 — vs. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12 — vs. LQPV, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 18 — vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 — vs. BOLD, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 25 — at Central Minnesota Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 — at Wabasso, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 — vs. Dawson-Boyd, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 — at KMS, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 — at Lakeview, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9 — at Canby, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 13 — vs. Minneota, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 — vs. Renville County West, 7;30 p.m.

Feb. 20 — at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 7:30 p.m.

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.

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