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By Cynthia Shroyer
Editor, Pine Bluffs Post 

Pawnee Coyotes to be tested early


Charlene Smith

Pawnee's seniors.

heir schedule against two 3A schools and a 2A school, so they will truly be tested early. But seven-year head coach Tim Brunelle, bringing a 84-45 record to the court this season, is looking for his team to rise to the challenge. Brunelle is assisted by Cody Brunelle.

The team lost three players to graduation. Kevin Shoemaker, Jason Willoughby and Miika Jokinen took the court with returning starters Brye Brunelle and Scott Klinginsmith went 20-2 in the regular season last year. Brye earned first team all-state honors, while Klinginsmith was selected all-conference. In 1A District 7 play.

“In addition to our two returning starters, seniors Kelby Hahn and David Martin will key players stepping into starting roles this season,” Coach Brunelle said. “Jjunior guard Austin Burson, and sophomore center Trent Timm also will be expected to step up and play at a high level. Sophomores Jaydee Johnston, Kip Shoemaker, freshman Luke Duggan and junior Justin Gebauer need to be ready as well.”

The coach said there are many tough teams on the Coyote schedule this season.

“As always, Caliche is the team to beat,” he said. “Fleming will be very good; Peetz, Prairie, and Briggsdale will all be much improved as well.”

“Our strengths are having four seniors who have played a lot together, and our weakness is losing two players, senior Zeb Durst, and Junior Sage Smock to football injuries,” said Coach Brunelle. “We have hopes that Zeb will be able to play before the season ends, but Sage will not. Younger players will have to step up and play at a higher level this season.”

“These boys have been through a lot together over the years in school and in sports,” Coach Brunelle continued. “They are good friends and very enjoyable to coach. We will be in many tough games this season, so I hope this togetherness will translate into success on the court.”

The season got underway this week with the teams participation in the Highland Tournament. Their first home game will be against Peetz on Dec. 14.


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