SPRING CREEK – The Spring Creek boys basketball team prepares for the challenges ahead, playing with a senior-heavy group and reaching for the rim of the state tournament by the final buzzer of the winter season.

The Spartans return nine seniors and two juniors.

Five of the nine seniors have played with head coach Scott Carsrud.

“This is the most seniors that I have ever had on a team in my 14 to 15 years of coaching,” Carsrud said. “I have very high expectations of the team, and I think they are ready for the challenge.”

The team chemistry will be vital to the Spartans’ overall performance.

The line of Jake Oliphant, Dakota Larson, Ryan Miner, Levi Yaunick and Thomas Ledford will be the key offensive players to watch this season, as the Spartans lost some of their leading scorers to graduation last year that could pour in 18 points for the Spartans on any given game.

“We definitely need leadership on and off the court,” said Carsrud. “We will especially focus on rebounding, better turnovers, and good shots executed by our offense will make the difference as the season goes along.”

The Spartans look forward to improve on a game-by-game basis to build up to their season goal of qualifying for the state tournament this season.

The Spartans’ first game of the season was scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday against the Moapa Valley Pirates, Spring Creek wrapping up the road trip from Thursday through Saturday in the 18th annual Holiday Classic at Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson.

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