ROSELAND — The Silver Lake boys basketball team took a step in the right direction last season, tallying the most wins in a season since the 2014-15 campaign. And the Mustangs look to continue that trend as they bring back three starters and some youthful experience from that team.

“(We) will have a young team this upcoming season with seven juniors slated to return, and three of them being letter winners from last season,” said Silver Lake head coach Todd Rosno, who is going into his second season at the helm after leading the team to a 7-16 record last year.

Two of those juniors, Matthew Hansen and Blaine Simonton, both started for the Mustangs last season, averaging a combined seven points. Hansen is a 6-foot, 3-inch post while Simonton (5-10) will handle guard duties. Oakley Rosno, a 5-7 sophomore, is another returning starter, having averaged 10 points, five assists and three steals per game last year. Lane Parr (5-9) will also play a big part in the team’s success after seeing time on the court last season.

Other players that should have an impact are juniors Logan Greenaugh, Canyen Jameson, and Derek Zubrod, as well as freshmen Jake Knehans and Cody Pankoke and sophomore Michael Trausch.

“There are going to need to be kids that step up with playing time being available,” the Silver Lake coach said. “My goal is to see our kids and program continue to become more competitive night in and night out. The Passion I have for competing, I try to instill that into our program.”

The Mustangs will have to fill the scoring void left by the graduation of Alex Ehrman. He averaged more than 16 points per game while also hauling in four rebounds per contest. With him and John Borgman both graduating last year, the Mustangs put in a lot of time during the offseason developing skills and trying to build a solid foundation for the program.

Silver Lake opens the season at home on Friday, taking on Deshler, which finished 18-6 last year. The Mustangs fell to the Dragons in their only meeting last season, 49-32. The two teams are also in the D2-8 subdistrict, along with Lawrence-Nelson and Red Cloud.

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