Zach Kaiser has an experienced group returning, led by three seniors and a junior with extensive varsity experience as he begins his second year as Head Coach of the Menahga Braves boys’ basketball team.
Returning seniors are Wade Berttunen (Guard), Jonah Howard (Forward) and Tristan Aho (Forward). Junior Charlie Hodge (Guard) also returns.
Senior Victor Aho (Guard), juniors Andreas Aho (Guard) and Jared Tolkinnen (Guard), and freshman Brock Berttunen (Guard/Forward) will all be in the varsity mix.
“A strength is going to be our experience,” said Kaiser. We will rely on our returning varsity starters in key situations and as leaders on and off the court. “Another strength is our quickness and athleticism. We can push the ball and create quick scoring chances. We’ve got guys with the ability to drive and finish, as well as step back and knock down jumpers. We should be pretty deep this year, having 9 seniors, 2 juniors and a freshman and sophomores competing for varsity minutes. We struggle with our size in our bigs, as our ‘center’ is 6’0.”
Kaiser is assisted by Tim Wurdock.
“Of course, when you look at Section 8AA it’s hard to not pic Perham as the favorite, no matter how many players they graduate,” said Kaiser. “Fergus Falls dropping from AAA to AA will make the section that much more tough. East Grand Forks is also a team that will look to complete. We are in our first year in 8AA, moving from 5A last year during re-classification. It’s hard to bet against any team other than Henning for the Park Region Conference with their state championship last year. They are quick and efficient on both ends of the floor. We played two solid games against them last year, and anybody wanting to compete for the PRC championship would have to knock them off. We’d like to think we can compete with them and any of our conference teams for the title this season.”