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SOUTHWEST WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW


Southwest Boy's Basketball Look for Experience to Lead the Way


Following a 6-16 season for the 2021-2022 year, Southwest returns a wealth of experience from that team and looks to be much improved this season. "It seems like we have been young for a while. Well this year we have a lot of playing experience and the right pieces to be successful. This group of Seniors has been starting since their freshman year. They have

plenty of playing experience and this year is the year to put it all together. They found some success on the football field which I hope carries over to the basketball court," said Christian Arterburn, head coach of the Roughriders.


All-Conference performer, Hunter Cunningham will be back for the Roughriders after scoring 10 points per game last year. Fellow returning starters for Southwest include Cole Barnett, Kaiden Ruggles, Nathan Rippe, and Hunter Blume. The Roughriders begin the year. on Thursday, December 1st at Medicine Valley.


Roughrider Girl's Basketball Welcome Back Wealth of Experience


All signs point to a really solid girl's basketball season for the Southwest Girl's Basketball team. They return six players that have starting experience. One of the top players to watch for the Roughriders is Caylin Barnett, a senior G/F, who will be a four-year starter, who already has 1,000 career points. She was a member of the RPAC East 1st Team a year ago. Another key contributor for the Roughriders will be Bailey Truksa as she was an RPAC East 2nd Team last year and will be a four-year starter.


"This year's group of seniors has had to start since they were freshmen. They have really grown and I am looking forward to what they will do this year. We have moved up to C2 this year making it hard to realistically pick where we will end up at the end of the year. I have a lot of confidence in the girls and their ability to compete with just about anyone," said Dennis Hengen, head coach of the Southwest Roughriders. The Roughriders begin the year. on Thursday, December 1st at Medicine Valley.


Southwest Wrestling Programs Return Experience


With the wrestling season right around the corner, the Southwest Wrestling programs look to build with a boys and girls team that has solid experience. On the girl's side, they return one wrestler, that being Ashlynn Latimer. She qualified for state a year ago and will look to do the same. Southwest head coach Jay Helberg gave some insight for the girl's team. "We have one girl back from last year's team and two freshmen that have jr. high experience. Two others that are new to the sport but are learning a lot."


For the boy's team, Southwest will have four boys back. "We have four boys with a lot of experience back and two newcomers that will get a lot of experience this season," said Helberg. Clayton Hardy looks primed for a big season as he is a two-time state placer and three-time qualifier at 220 pounds.


Southwest starts their wrestling season on Thursday, December 1st at home with a quad.


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