In his return to Frontenac basketball, Doug Barto was looking forward to a roster with five seniors.



Unfortunately, a shoulder injury will keep senior guard Keaton Brown idle until perhaps March. In the meantime, classmates Brett Hartzfeld, Justin Jones, Gage Tindell and Shannon Wiseman will provide the senior leadership for the 2010-11 edition of the Raiders.



Brown, a starter last season, was one four players with starting experience from a team that posted a 2-19 overall record last season and 0-8 mark in the CNC.

In his return to Frontenac basketball, Doug Barto was looking forward to a roster with five seniors.

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury will keep senior guard Keaton Brown idle until perhaps March. In the meantime, classmates Brett Hartzfeld, Justin Jones, Gage Tindell and Shannon Wiseman will provide the senior leadership for the 2010-11 edition of the Raiders.

Brown, a starter last season, was one four players with starting experience from a team that posted a 2-19 overall record last season and 0-8 mark in the CNC.

Tindell and Wiseman spent time as starters as did sophomore guard Devon Keith and junior Keith Lollar.

“I told the kids and parents during our meeting this week, if things are going to change, we need to work harder in the summer, work harder in the off season, get in the gymnasium for skill improvement and spend time in the weight room,” Barto said. “We had 13 dates this summer where they could come in and work for 45 minutes to an hour and scrimmage after that. We had three players who made it to all 13 sessions, another one missed one session, another made it to 8 or 9 sessions and another made it 50 percent. It will improve with time.”

Five more juniors figure to contribute to the Raiders varsity lineup with Austin Beckley and Hunter Mulherin providing returning varsity experience and newcomers Sage Bridwell, Nathan and Nick Harrelson competing for time.

“Ideally, I would like to have four players I can rotate on the outside at guard who will work hard at pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Then another four players I can rotate in the post for depth,” Barto said. “I think we have speed at several positions. When you’re pushing the ball 100 miles per hour, you going to make some errors, but I think we can play fast and limit our mistakes, then slow it down when we need to. We’ve got some size that will work to our advantage also.”

“We’re stressing fundamentals; play good defense, convert layups and not turn the ball over. I’ve seen flashes of it so far in our early practices.”

A large group of sophomores – Blake Barto, Blake Bogle, Avery Coronado, Taylor Johnson, Kylor McCartney, Matt Standlee, Jacob Teats and Nick Zafuta – are pressuring for varsity minutes.

“As long as they continue to work hard in practice, I’ll try to find a way to get them six quarters a night,” Barto said. “It’s no good sitting on a varsity bench; we’ve got to get them on the floor.”