St. Mary's Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon, in his 28th season at Colgan, returns four full-time starters and two part-time starters from a 22-4 (7-1 CNC) team last season that finished second in Class 2A for the sixth time in nine consecutive seasons making the state championship game.



Senior guard Andy Farmer and senior forward Jordan Smith are two-year starters and senior guard-forward Joe Saia and junior guard-forward Christian Smith started full-time last year. Senior forwards Zach Smith and Kelley Thompson were part-time starters last year. Junior guard Sam Gilbert, junior guard Austin Barone and junior forward Christian Valdivia all have varsity experience and give Colgan nine experienced varsity players.

 

St. Mary's Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon, in his 28th season at Colgan, returns four full-time starters and two part-time starters from a 22-4 (7-1 CNC) team last season that finished second in Class 2A for the sixth time in nine consecutive seasons making the state championship game.

Senior guard Andy Farmer and senior forward Jordan Smith are two-year starters and senior guard-forward Joe Saia and junior guard-forward Christian Smith started full-time last year. Senior forwards Zach Smith and Kelley Thompson were part-time starters last year. Junior guard Sam Gilbert, junior guard Austin Barone and junior forward Christian Valdivia all have varsity experience and give Colgan nine experienced varsity players.

"We feel that these nine players returning will give us an opportunity to be a very competitive team," Cichon said. "Seven-eight additional players will compete for the remaining varsity spots."

That group includes 6-foot-6 senior forward Daniel Humble, senior guard Tyler Dawson, junior forward Garrett Kays, junior guard Seth Sinnett, junior forward Jack Villamaria, 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Dyson Dechant and sophomore forward C.J. Russell.

Top players gone from last year's team are Jesse Watt, Tyler Jeck and Reagan Kays.

According to Cichon, Colgan's strengths are experience, quickness, speed and depth.

"We have several players with state tournament experience the past two years, which should benefit our team and possibly allow us to compete for another state championship," Cichon said.

"After 28 years at Colgan, I think I've seen it all. We've had good players, we've had bad players and nobody wins without good players."

CNC coaches picked Colgan first place in the preseason poll with five of a possible eight first-place votes. The Panthers open their season at home Dec. 7 with Jasper, Mo.