The Mora Mustang Boys Basketball team started out the season with a tough loss 63-49 to Pierz. The boys will look to bounce back this week against Aitkin.
The Mora Mustangs play in a very tough conference that consists of basketball powerhouses like St. Cloud Cathedral, Albany, and Becker. The Mustangs have had a tough time in their conference games in recent seasons. But Mora will look to a good core of returning players that will help them through this difficult schedule.
Mora Boys Basketball Preview with Curt Grachek:
What are you most excited for this year?
Although we graduated two starters, I think we will have a different look and feel to our team. There will be many opportunities for our underclassmen to earn time on the court.
How is the roster shaping up? Do you have a lot of new players? Are you returning a lot of players? Younger? Older? Etc.
Senior, Matt Venhuizen, will be expanding his role as a scorer and he will be a driving force on the defensive end. Senior, Caleb Weaver, missed 15 games last year because of an injury. Caleb will be looking to take advantage of every opportunity that is offered. Other seniors that will be expected to contribute include: Kaden Smart, Drew Elvehjem, Karl Schultz and Devon Olson. Returning starters also include junior Cole Steffen and sophomore Andrew Rasmusson. Steffen could become the dominant post in the area and he could be a significant rebounder for our team. Rasmusson will be expanding his role on the team, he is no longer the rookie. Other underclassmen that will be expected to contribute include junior Lucas Athey and 5-6 sophomores that will be earning playing time.
What are your goals?
Our conference is very strong with Cathedral, Albany, and Becker. We will strive to be tough opponent for our conference teams.
Favorite upcoming games, matches, or meets?
Our favorite games are with our neighbors: Hinckley, Pine City, Rush City, Braham, Milaca, and Foley.
Mora basketball will be a fun game to watch.
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