Michael Markoch

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC- Last year the varsity boy’s basketball team had a fantastic season, only for it to end in heartbreak, as they lost the district championship to Dream Academy 59-58 in overtime.  But with a new team this year, the boys are more motivated than ever to finally get past districts after two straight appearances in the finals without a win.

Highlights of the season were 2 victories over rival Michigan Lutheran, a win against Howardsville Christian at home, Coach McCart’s first victory against Bridgman, and finally beating Countryside Academy in districts.

Hopes are high this year as Coach McCart returns 3 starters and has a heavy senior-laden group hungry to go on one last run as a class.

Who’s Gone: The team lost 4 seniors last year: Jackson McLoughlin, Ryan Tidey, Ian Cartwright, and Nati Schuneman.  McLoughlin and Tidey were the starting big men last year, and dominated on the boards, while Cartwright and Schuneman were valuable pieces off the bench.  

Who’s Back: The Lakers’ leading scorer, Corey Seger, is back for his senior year.  Last year he led the team averaging 19 PPG.  Other returning starters include seniors Connor Christensen and Tommy Koenig.  The team also has a lot of depth with Jack Howard, Emilio Quattrin, Tanner Nutting, and other seniors crawling throughout the roster.

Who’s Coming In: Some juniors: Christian Monconduit, Caleb Conklin, and Caio Dias will be joining the varsity club this year and are set out to prove that they can make an impact for the team.   The team also added senior BJ Jones, who couldn’t play last year due to transfer rules, and Zach Rogers who is returning to the court after taking a year off.

Team Goals: The boys this year have a good feeling and their main goal is to win districts and make as far of a run as they can.

Final Projections: I think the boys will get it done; they have everything they want on this team and are well rounded.  I say they win districts, but can’t quite make it out of regionals.

Good luck to the boys this year, hope you guys have a great season!