The Breckenridge Cowboys have won three of the last five Section 8AA boys basketball titles, however, with the loss of six seniors from their 15-12 team of a year ago, the Cowboys will looking to a number of new faces to fill roles at the varsity level in the 2019-2020 season.
“This is a new journey for the Cowboys,” said veteran Head Coach Arly Ohm. “We will be looking to fill varsity spots with several players from our 24-1 JV team of a year ago. This is a talented and tight-knit group and I look for our team to really develop throughout the course of the season. They are a hard working group that has a Team First attitude.”
The Cowboys return two letter winners, junior Jonah Christensen (10ppg, 6rpg) and junior Cooper Yaggie (8ppg, 2spg). Yaggie missed most of last season with a shoulder injury he suffered in football.
Fighting for varsity floor time will be juniors Adam Ohm (93 3’s for JV last season), Sebastian Anderson (Wing), Chris Nieto (6’2 transfer from Michigan), Jr. Perez (Point Guard), Connor Twidwell (6’4 Post), Anthony Conzemius (6’7 Post), Gavin Johnson (6’2 Post), Reese Pederson (6’2 Wing) and Jace Hegge (6’2 Wing), and seniors Tyson Piechowski (6’2) and Jonah Friedrichs (Wing).
As for the Section 8AA race, Ohm says Perham and Fergus Falls are at another level. “Perham brings back three main players off a state tournament team,” said Ohm. “Without a doubt they are the team to beat. Fergus Falls is making the move down from AAA and the Otters will be a strong force after being challenged in the Central Lakes Conference all season. A good point guard and a 6’10 post make them solid forces. I would say East Grand Forks and DGF are on the tier below the Yellowjackets and the Otters. The Greenwave return everybody that has been playing varsity for multiple years and the Rebels great guard play makes them a contender.”
Ohm will be assisted by Jordan Christensen (B Team), Connor Yaggie (C Team) and Derek Grahn (Rover Coach).
“With new alignments most sports in Breckenridge dropped down to the Class A level, however, basketball stayed at the 2A level,” said Ohm. “We will be the smallest 2A enrollment in the entire state of Minnesota.”
2019 graduate Noah Christensen is a redshirt freshman at NDSU. He left Breckenridge as the all-time leading scorer, having set seven school records during his high school career.