The Pettisville boys basketball team, under the guidance of Greg Nofziger, head coach, looks to improve on last year’s record of 10-11 with seven returning letterwinners.
Nofziger has spent 11 seasons at the helm of the Birds and has compiled a 158-83 record. The Birds finished last season with a 6-4 record in the Buckeye Border Conference.
Nofziger said it could be anyone’s race to win the BBC this year.
The Birds lost starters Taylor Short and Jacob Rupp, along with Josh Klopfenstein, to graduation.
What this year’s team lacks in overall size– Aaron Bruner is the tallest Blackbird at 6 feet, 5 inches– Nofziger points to the team’s overall quickness and speed to control the tempo of the game.
Returning letterwinners are senior starters Zach Pursel, 6.7 points per game, and Bruner, 7.9 ppg; Travis Beck and Aarin Short, seniors; Aaron King, 7.4 ppg; David Reyes, 3.5 ppg; and Josh Borton, juniors.
Assisting in coaching duties are Scott Rupp, junior varsity, and Justin Rufenacht, freshmen.
Pettisville opens its season, Saturday, Dec. 3, at Delta.