12-13 Independents Preview

This is the 13th preview in my 2012-2013 season preview series.  In this preview, I conclude my look at the teams around the metro with a look at the local independents.  For a list of all the season previews, click here

CHOF Lions (2011-12 season 11-13)
The Lions will have to replace all everything Tyler Strandlund in the middle.  He averaged a double double with 18 points a night.  His departure means a small lineup.  Guards Tate Piepkorn and Darian Warneke also need to be replaced.  Junior Nate Johnston returns to run the point.  Senior Kendall Strandlund is the top returning scorer at 12+ per game.  The Lions are high on their freshman class with Brauc Eckman, Kit Piepkorn, Anders Strandlund and Tim Rohlf. 

Four Directions Wolves (2011-12 season 14-9)
The Wolves lose their leading scorer Timothy Tallman who put up almost 21 a night.  That outside loss goes with the loss of center Kyle Roy and 14.5 PPG.  The Wolves do return 3 pieces in guard Andrew Bigsmoke and 15+ per game.  Forwards Richard King and Marcus McDade return to the front line.  Sophomore guards Nathan Eagletail and Dominique Thompson should see bigger roles.

Metro Tech Career Academy Warriors
This is the former Dunwoody Academy and they're based out of the building last known as Prestige Academy which was once Ascension Academy.  Got all that?  They'll be a quick later.  Last year's Prairie Seeds Academy head coach Jamil Jackson comes over and is the AD as well.  His 2 sons Dominick (senior) and Jamil (frosh) figure to be big parts of the program.  They're also in the backyard of Minneapolis North.  The schedule is absolutely brutal.  They have only 3 home games.  They travel far to places like Nicollet, Carlton and LeRoy-Ostrander to fill out the schedule.  They also play at Minnetonka and Wayzata.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your CHOF comments, I coached Trinity 8th grade last year 12-3 overall including tournaments and playoffs. CHOF gave them a good game with athletic players across the bench. Trinity won in a close game.

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