DAVENPORT — After spending last season in Class C-2, the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley boys basketball team is heading back to D-1.

The Eagles were competitive in C-2, racking up 14 wins in their 22 games and falling to state-qualifying Sutton in the subdistrict tournament. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley brings back six players that saw solid playing time last season, but third-year head coach Greg Schroeder knows his team needs to continue to improve if it wants to be successful in the postseason.

“We need to develop more toughness on the court if we want to compete this season,” Schroeder said. “We return six players with experience from last season, so we are hoping to see an increase in leadership as we look to improve as the year progresses.”

Of the six returners for the Eagles, three are seniors, including leading returning point scorer Nolan Weber. He averaged eight points per game and grabbed four rebounds per contest. Isaac Else and Josh Swartzendruber are the other two seniors that come back with experience. Juniors Kyle Ardissono, Dalton Kleinschmidt, and Eric Schroeder will also bring experience to the team. Schroeder tallied six points per outing while Aridssono and Kleinschmidt averaged five and four, respectively. Schroeder also pulled down three boards per game.

The Eagles’ coach said he’s expecting contributes from Aaron Mick, Raleigh Shipley and Cadden Carlson — all three juniors — as well as sophomores Tyler Wrote and Eli Noel.

BDS will open its season at home against Hampton on Friday before hitting the road for five consecutive road games. With the move to D-1, the Eagles will be competing against Blue Hill, Harvard, McCool Junction, and Thayer Central in the Class D-1, Subdistrict 7 tournament at the end of the season. Of those four, Blue Hill was the only state qualifier last season, finishing the year 18-9 in Class D-1, narrowly losing 57-54 to top-seeded Falls City Sacred Heart.

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley is trying to get back to the state tournament after a two-year drought. Before that, the Eagles qualified three straight seasons.

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