GILTNER — This year’s Giltner boys basketball team has some big shoes to fill. The Hornets graduated five seniors last season, including leading scorer Dayne Hinrichs, who was second in Tribland with 19.4 points per game.

It looked as though Giltner would bring back three starters from last year, but then disaster struck. Rody Lyon, the team’s second-leading scorer last year, suffered an injury that ended his senior campaign before it even began.

“We will be a more younger and inexperienced team but with a lot of potential. Rody Lyon will be out for the season with a hip injury, so a lot of guys will have to step up this year and fulfill roles and starting positions that have been voided from injury and graduation,” said Giltner head coach Jordan Ortmeier.

Lyon averaged 14.3 points per game last season. Between graduation and the injury to Lyon, the Hornets will go into this season without 89.8 percent of its scoring from last year.

Giltner’s two returning starters are juniors Tanner Roth and Camden Humphrey. Roth is a 5-foot, 9-inch guard, while Humphrey stands at 6-3 and patrols the post. The two combined for 6.3 points per game.

Ortmeier also expects contributions from some players that have not seen a ton of varsity playing time. Seniors Cole Consbruck (5-10, forward) and Lance McKay (5-10, guard) and junior Landyn Davidson (5-9, guard) will look to make an impact this year. Sophomores Connor Craig (5-9, guard), Dakon Wilson (5-9 guard) and Jacob Smith (6-0, forward) will also by vying for playing time.

The Hornets went 15-10 last season, falling one win short of reaching the state tournament. Ortmeier, who led Giltner to a stat tourney appearance in 2018, is going into his third year as the Hornets head coach. He has a record of 35-18 during his tenure with the program.

The Hornets will open the season with home games against Harvard (Thursday) and High Plains Community (Friday).

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