North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans have won the Class 4A state championship two years in a row (2012 and 2013), and had a perfect 26-0 season (16-0 MVC). But can they threaten for a coveted “three-peat?”
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, took a heavy hit back in May as Jeremy Morgan, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy, Austin Swank, Jason Stewart, Mark Lowe, Justin Fleming and Drew Haas graduated.
Bergman has one returning starter for the 2013-2014 campaign; future UNI Panther Wyatt Lohaus, a 6’2” guard. Lohaus earned First Team All-State honors last season with a 13.7 points per game average, a 51.8 percent field goal average and 40.7 percent 3-point shot average.
Also back are Chike Ukah, a 6’6” senior center, and David Dileo, a 6’6” junior wing.
Bergman will also rely heavily on Nick Gallagher, a 6’3” senior wing; Garrett Grimsman, a 5’10” senior guard; Tanner Lohaus, a 6’6” sophomore forward; Alex Henderson, a 6’1” sophomore guard; Nick Spiess, a 6’3” senior forward; Connor McCaffrey, a 6’4” freshman guard; Adam Klein, a 6’ junior guard and Devonte Lane, a 6’1” freshman guard.
Gordon Rundquist, Nate Frese and Marty Hanrahan will assist Bergman with coaching the Trojans.
“We will be really inexperienced at spots,” Bergman said, but, “I like the way we shoot the ball, our length, and we are very deep.” In his 24th season (452-172 record), the coach sees his Trojans in the mix with Dubuque Senior and Linn-Mar.
The first home game for West will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, as Ames High School visits the Trojan hardwood with a 6:30 p.m. tip-off.