McBain Continues Winning Tradition
MCBAIN – The McBain boys basketball program is picking up right where it left off last season.
The 2002 Class C state champion and 2011 Class C state runner-up, McBain went 26-1 a year ago, falling to Grandville Calvin Christian, 65-42, in a Class C state semifinal.
McBain (3-0, 1-0) returns seven players from last year’s semifinalist squad, including senior forward Craig Sterk (15 points per game) and senior guard Logan Eling (14.4 ppg).
"We definitely want to get out and run the court,” Eling said. “We’re a fast team this year, but we’ve got to defend and rebound."
"We’ve got a lot of people who can score, we’ve just got to learn that we can work together, and get the buckets that we want,” added Sterk.
Back for his 23rd year at the coaching helm is Bruce Koopman, who is pulling double duty this year as coach of both the varsity boys and girls programs.
"It’s great playing for him,” Sterk said. “He focuses on defense and rebounding. He always says, every game, ‘If you’re not scoring, that’s okay, you can still play defense and rebound.’
"Every year Coach Koopman sets a goal, win the Highland (Conference), and make a tournament run. And that’s our goals this year. We want to win the Highland, win the district, win regionals and hopefully get back to the Breslin."
The Ramblers are challenging themselves again this winter with a non-conference schedule that features Benzie Central (Class B regional semifinalist), Traverse City St. Francis (Class C regional semifinalist), Frankfort (Class D regional semifinalist), Cadillac and Boyne City.
"We set ourselves up to play some tough teams, so that we can move from that, because you never know what’s going to get thrown at you in the playoffs,” Eling said.
The Ramblers return to the court Friday at home against Highland rival Beal City.