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Five Return For PHS Boys Basketball




Five letterwinners return on the Pettisville boys basketball team. Front row, from left: Josh Klopfenstein, Taylor Short, Jacob Rupp. Back row: Zach Pursel, Aaron Bruner.–photo     courtesy A New Image Photography

Five letterwinners return on the Pettisville boys basketball team. Front row, from left: Josh Klopfenstein, Taylor Short, Jacob Rupp. Back row: Zach Pursel, Aaron Bruner.–photo courtesy A New Image Photography

Greg Nofziger, Pettisville head boys basketball coach, welcomes back five letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 13-10, 6-4 in the Buckeye Border Conference.

Now in his tenth year of coaching, Nofziger has compiled a 148-72 record. The Birds claimed a sectional championship last season.

Back are Jacob Rupp, Taylor Short, and Josh Klopfenstein, seniors; Zach Pursel and Aaron Bruner, juniors.

Rupp averaged 14 points per game last season. Short bucketed 7.9 ppg, Bruner averaged 7 ppg, and Pursel had 3.8 ppg.

The Birds lost four to graduation: Zane Miller, Greg Waidelich, Lincoln Frey, and Michael Rufenacht.

“We will rely on our quickness and speed on the offensive and defensive ends, but our overall team size is an area of weakness,” said Nofziger.

The coach thinks the battle for the BBC title “will again be a tight race as it was a year ago.”

The Birds host Delta, Saturday, Dec. 4, in their season opener.

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