After a slow start due to the success of the Raider football program last season, the Raider boys basketball team caught fire and went onto a 17-win season. There are some shoes to fill, but Kiel returns some key players and a talented group of newcomers give reason for much optimism.
The 2020-21 Raider boys basketball preview:
KIEL BOYS BASKETBALL
COACH: Marcus Rumpff (3rd season)
2019-20 RECORD: 17-8 overall; 8-6 Eastern Wisconsin Conference (4th place).
2019-20 REVIEW: Kiel lost its first four games as they tried to shake the football shoes off and responded with an eight-game win streak. After two losses, the Raiders responded with another eight-game win streak. Connor Voelker was voted First Team All-EWC. Aaron Winkel and Nate Goehring joined Voelker as seniors.
2020-21 PREVIEW: The Raiders remain fairly young with just four seniors including Travis Kohlmann, honorable mention All-EWC a year ago. Mason Lewis and Carson Lepisto head up the backcourt play and Keenan Manz anchors the post play. Juniors Dan Schmitz and Mitch Endries will be major producers. The newcomers are led by freshman Pierce Arenz, son of former Kiel head coach Jamie Arenz. Jamie returns to the staff as JV1 coach and varsity assistant. Freshman Grant Manz joins sophomores Tate Hartlaub, Everett Saeger, Isaac Puchalla and Colin Gosse on the varsity roster.
Kiel looks to be a contender in the conference with defending champ Sheboygan Falls, Manitowoc Roncalli and Brillion.
2020-21 Raider Schedule
Varsity games at 7:15 p.m. JV 1 and JV 2 games at 5:45 p.m. unless otherwise indicated
Dec. 3- Home vs. Milwaukee Young Coggs Prep, 7 pm
Dec. 7- Home vs. St. Mary’s Springs
Dec. 8- at Chilton
Dec. 11- Home vs. Manitowoc Roncalli
Dec. 15- Home vs. Kewaunee, 5:45 pm
Dec. 17- at Valders
Dec. 19- Home vs. North Fond du Lac, 1:30 pm
Dec. 22- Home vs. Kewaskum
Dec. 28- Home vs. Random Lake, 7 pm
Dec. 29- at Manitowoc Lutheran, 6:30 pm
Jan. 5- Home vs. Two Rivers
Jan. 8- Home vs. New Holstein
Jan. 11- Home vs. Howards Grove
Jan. 14- at Two Rivers
Jan. 19- at Brillion
Jan. 22- Home vs. Brillion
Jan. 26- at Sheboygan Falls
Jan. 28- at New Holstein
Feb. 1- at Winnebago Lutheran
Feb. 2- Home vs. Chilton
Feb. 5- at Manitowoc Roncalli
Feb. 8- at Mayville
Feb. 11- Home vs. Valders
Feb. 16- WIAA Division 3 Regional First Round (TBA), 7 p.m.
Feb. 19- WIAA Division 3 Regional Semifinal (TBA), 7 p.m.
Feb. 20- WIAA Division 3 Regional Final (TBA), 7 p.m.
Feb. 25- WIAA Division 3 Sectional Semifinal (at Chilton), 7 p.m.
Feb. 27- WIAA Division 3 Sectional Final (at Two Rivers), 7 p.m.
March 4-6- WIAA State Tournament - TBA