Here is a glance at the winter sports teams for Oak Grove High School for the 2019-20 season:

Boys basketball

Head coach: Dustin Fox

Assistant coaches: Jacob Newman, Micky Wheeler

2018-19 record: 20-6 (8-2 Missouri River Valley Conference West)

Returning letter-winners: Eli Wycoff, 6-1, sr., G; Tully Thomsen, 6-3, sr., G; Brenden Marsh, 6-1, sr., G; Lincoln Hipsher, 6-3, sr., F.

Others who may contribute: Cameron Goessling, 6-5, sr., F; Eric McKinney, 6-1, sr., G; Kyle Ewing, 6-0, sr., G-F; Hunter Kellogg, 5-9, sr., G; Silas Hicks, Guard, 5-10, jr., G; Jamison Kirk, 6-1, soph., F; Hunter Jones, 6-3, soph., G; Kaden Weir, 6-4, soph., F; Ryan Nichols, 5-8, soph., G.

Thoughts on your team: “I think our team has the potential to be a major factor in every game we play in this season. We have a nice blend of returning experience in Tully, Eli and Brenden mixed with some older players who don’t have varsity experience, but understand the game and play extremely hard. We have done a great job in practice of making the extra pass and being unselfish with the ball on the offensive end. If we continue to do that, we will be tough to guard. We lost some size off of last year’s roster, so rebounding will be a battle all year and we must collectively fight on the glass. The players have been extremely receptive to our staff being new, and they are great guys to be around. If we can buy in to being everyday guys and maintain focus on getting better everyday, our goals will take care of themselves.”

 

Girls basketball

Head coach: Toni León

Assistant coaches: Sara Cummings, Philip Calcagno

2018-19 record: 10-15 (6-4 Missouri River Valley Conference West)

Returning letter-winners: Jenna Engelhard, 5-3, sr., G; Jordan Richards, 5-7, sr., G; Kelsey Webb, 5-7, sr., F; Mya Blansit, 5-6, soph., G; Destiny Valentine, 5-10, jr., F.

Others who may contribute: Mackenzie Mann, 6-1, soph., F; Jaycee Alexander, 6-2, soph., F; Anna Risberg, 5-6, jr., G-F; Cali Bynum, 5-7, jr., G; Kealyn Wilkinson, 5-7, jr., G.

Thoughts on your team: “This year’s team comes in with its biggest obstacle being the low experience at the varsity level. However, they have started the year very focused and eager to overcome this obstacle. We will bring with us a lot of size in Mackenzie Mann, Jaycee Alexander and Destiny Valentine. Kelsey Webb will also bring a presence to our inside game. We will return Mya Blansit and Jenna Engelhard as two of our primary ball handlers and distributors. We will look to Cali Bynum and Jordan Richards to handle the ball as well. All of our guards do a good job attacking and getting to the rim or finding our post players. Expectations for this year are very simply to get better each day. We talk each day about whether we won or lost the day keeping in mind the need and desire for improvement.”

 

Wrestling

Head coach: James Morgan

Assistant coaches: Jaime Scully, Josh Howk, Sam Ellifrits, Mike Phillips, Rodney Pettit, Amanda Guevel

2018-19 record: 11-1 in duals (5-0 MRVC West), fifth in district, ninth at state.

Returning letter-winners: Kaden Scarborough, jr. (106 pounds), Keegan Scarborough, sr. (126), Adrian Whitehead, soph. (160), Zander Brinegar, soph. (195), Cole Chaney, jr. (132), Carson Smith, soph. (138), Anthony Erickson, sr. (145), Brody Armstrong, sr. (152), Hunter Chaney, jr. (182), Garrett Hudspeth, soph. (220).

Others who may contribute: Caleb Groff, fresh. (220/285), Keegan Huff, jr. (113), Devin Alewine, sr. (285), Haiden Armstrong, soph. (126).

Thoughts on your team: “The team will have a balanced line-up and once again be very competitive in duals. An improvement this team is making is their leadership and work ethic. This team has a better approach to what it takes to excel in wrestling. I like our attitude as a whole and they've made my job easy. I think our weakness could be that we have some guys that just need to prove themselves. And until we hit the ground running we can only train and get prepared, but I forsee good things happening. I look for our seniors, Keegan Scarborough, Anthony Erickson, Brody Armstrong and Devin Alewine, to be the ones who lead by example and give this team the right blueprint on what it takes to succeed. We also have sophomore Zander Brinegar who is a state medalist coming back and working extremely hard as well as state qualifier sophomore Adrian Whitehead and junior Kaden Scarborough. I can tell these guys have bigger goals for themselves this year. Oak Grove has had a ton of success in the past and we always look to uphold that each and every year. We've fallen short here recently, but with the way this season has started, I would expect us to get back to competing with the top schools in our class.”

 

– Karl Zinke