Bulldogs prepare for basketball season

This article submitted by Andrew Jones on 12/06/00.

The Paynesville Bulldogs' basketball team is looking forward to the season at hand. With four new coaches it looks to be a challenging yet promising year for the dogs.

The four coaches are Steve Little, Mark Kleinbaum, Tony Bylander, and Mark Little.

Steve Little is the new head coach for the Bulldogs. His hometown is Waterville, Minn., but he has been coaching in St. Cloud for the last five years. He was the head tenth grade coach at St. Cloud Apollo for five years. This is his first head varsity coaching job.

He commented on the upcoming season by saying, "We've got a lot of competitive energy and work ethic coming from the players. We'll surprise some teams."

The junior varsity coach is Mark Kleinbaum, who is from Robbinsdale-Armstrong. He was an assistant tenth grade coach at Apollo for three years and the head ninth grade coach for one year.

Tony Bylander is the ninth grade coach. Tony's hometown is River Falls, Wis. Tony has had one year of coaching experience at Apollo as the assistant tenth grade coach.

Nate Martinson with ball Mark Little is the assistant varsity coach. Mark graduated from high school last year and is Steve's little brother. He has no previous coaching experience.

The captains for the team this year will be seniors and returning starters J.T. Koehn, Logan Louis, and T.J. Schultz. Those three, along with Nate Martinson (pictured at right with the ball at the Osakis scrimmage) and Davis Hoekstra, make up the senior class for this year's team.

Juniors include Wes Lieser, Aaron Lang, Andrew Jones, Jonnie Schefers, Danny Savage, Ryan Whitcomb, Josh Trees, and Scott Buermann.

Kevin Mehr is the lone tenth grader who has been moved up to the varsity squad.

The Bulldogs had a home scrimmage on Saturday against Osakis. No score was kept, but it seemed to be a fairly even game. Little said that the team has some things to work on, but things are all right for now.

The Bulldogs played their first game last night at home against Kimball. Results will be in next week's paper.

The Dogs also have a game on Thursday when they go to visit the Mainstreeters of Sauk Centre.

They also will host Annandale on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The junior varsity and ninth grade games will start at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity following at 7:30 p.m. Come and cheer on the Bulldogs!

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