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Iowa Lakes ready to begin 2008-09 campaign

By Staff | Oct 22, 2008

The 2008 Iowa Lakes Men’s Basketball Team includes, front from left, Mike Sterling, Josh Riser, Kelvin Moore, Dalston Jones, Julian Burton, Darryl Davis, Armon Boston, Ryan Hill, Eddie Boyce, Andy Soper, back, assistant coach Ron Larson, assistant coach Ben Rops, Chad Allen, Patrick Riley, Walter Charlton, Robert Burns, Decordray Burrows, Jeremy Winters, Sam Adams, Jon Hannah, Brad Deling and head coach Troy Larson. EDN photo by David Swartz

The turnover at the junior college level results in plenty of new faces on the sports teams.

The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team is the epitome of that statement after graduating seven sophomores and only two players are returning from the 2007-08 roster for the 2008-09 season.

However point guard Dalston Jones and center Jeremy Winters are both good places to start.

Both have worked on their game and conditioning over the summer in preparation for their sophomore seasons.

“I’ve been running and working on my post moves, my 15-footers and my free throws,” said Winters, 6-8 center from Monona.

Jones, a 6-foot guard from Emmetsburg, also said he’s worked on getting stronger and bulked up for the season.

His biggest improvement from last season is his understanding of the game.

Currently there are 20 players on the roster competing for a uniform.

“These guys know they have to compete in practice in order to get minutes,” said coach Troy Larson, who begins his second season as the Lakers’ head man.

Seven players graduated from last year’s squad that posted a 21-10 record overall and went 9-5 in Region XI-the Lakers first winning season since 2003-04.

Coach Larson said his team will be a little under-sized, but fun to watch.

“We’ll be more up tempo and extend our pressure defense even more than we did last year,” he said. “Our talent level is good. We have the pieces to be competitive in the region and at the national level.”

Fans will get their first look at the team this Saturday as the Lakers host the annual Alumni and Friends Game. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.

Iowa Lakes’ home opener is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 against the Dakota Wesleyan Junior Varsity.