Swanton replacing coach, scoring leader


Just two seniors on squad

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com



Visser


Swanton has a trio of letter winners back for the upcoming season.


The 2017-18 Swanton boys basketball team.


2017-18 Roster
No.NameGrade
0Carter Swank11
4Josh Vance9
3Reece Pawlowicz12
5Hunter Mix11
11Dylan Gilsdorf11
21Randy Slink11
22Jared Wilson11
23Andrew Thornton9
33Zach Bloom12
44Brett Bettinger11
45Dean Croskey11

It will be a new look Bulldog basketball team as Swanton takes the floor for the 2017-18 season. Gone are head coach Matt Smith and a group of seniors that included All-Ohioan Gunnar Oakes.

Smith had led the Bulldogs since 2008, but stepped aside as coach to focus on being principal at Swanton Middle School. Joel Visser takes over as coach after leading Tipp City Tippecanoe to a 29-21 record the previous two seasons. He was District 9 Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

Oakes was Northwest Ohio Athletic League scoring champion as a senior and averaged 20.4 points per game overall to be named second team All-Ohio in Division III. Other seniors lost to graduation included Duyane Goings, Zach Dziengelewski, Tanner Prentice, Nick Koback, Garrett Chandler and Connor Yaney.

Three key players return from the Bulldogs’ 2016-17 squad. Junior Dylan Gilsdorf returns after averaging 4 points and 3.2 assists per game, and junior Randy Slink is back after scoring 4 points and pulling down 3 rebounds per contest. Junior Jared Wilson is another returning letter winner for Swanton.

Visser said that youth and inexperience at the varsity level will be weaknesses for Swanton. Several newcomers will be counted on by Visser in his inaugural season with the Bulldogs.

Among them are seniors Zach Bloom and Reece Pawlowicz, juniors Carter Swank and Hunter Mix, and freshmen Josh Vance and Andrew Thornton.

Visser said a strength for the Bulldogs is the “ability to get up and down the floor with talented multi-sport athletes who will compete and play hard.”

The coach said he has “a strong, athletic and young team who will continue to develop in hopes of playing our best basketball come tournament time.”

As for the league race, like most everyone else, Visser sees Wauseon and Archbold as favorites as they return key players for teams that advanced to state last season.

Swanton will open the season at Lake on Dec. 5.

Visser
http://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/12/web1_Joel-Visser.jpgVisser

Swanton has a trio of letter winners back for the upcoming season.
http://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/12/web1_Swanton-boy-letterwinners.jpgSwanton has a trio of letter winners back for the upcoming season.

The 2017-18 Swanton boys basketball team.
http://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2017/12/web1_Swanton-boys.jpgThe 2017-18 Swanton boys basketball team.
Just two seniors on squad

By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

2017-18 Roster
No. Name Grade
0 Carter Swank 11
4 Josh Vance 9
3 Reece Pawlowicz 12
5 Hunter Mix 11
11 Dylan Gilsdorf 11
21 Randy Slink 11
22 Jared Wilson 11
23 Andrew Thornton 9
33 Zach Bloom 12
44 Brett Bettinger 11
45 Dean Croskey 11

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

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