Waukee boys prepare for first home game

Bailey Freestone-Sports
The 2016-2017 Waukee boys basketball team has been preparing for their first basketball game of the season (Nov. 29).

The Waukee boys basketball team has been preparing for their home game for the last couple weeks which will finally tip off tonight (Nov. 29) at 7:45 p.m. against Des Moines North.

The Warriors had a 15-8 overall record last season while the Polar Bears went 18-6. The two teams did not get the chance to play one another last season.

Justin Ohl is the coach for the Warriors, this will be his sixth season coaching the boys' basketball team.

"We've been trying to get everybody on the same page these last couple weeks," said Coach Ohl. "We have a good group that worked hard over the summer, so we're kind of a little bit along in the process. Now its just coming back and trying to get everybody comfortable again."

The Warriors have six returning varsity members from last season. These six include four seniors and two juniors. Drew Johnson will be returning as a senior for the Warriors, last season he averaged 11.6 points per game, had 64 assists and 22 steals. Cade Longnecker (senior) led the Warriors last season with 99 assists. Jon Chapman averaged 1.2 points per game. The fourth senior for the Warriors is Jacob Rau, he leads the returners with 304 total points last season (13.2 per game) as well as leading in rebounds with an average of 7.9 per game.

The two returning juniors are Nathan Nelson and Nathan Johnson. Johnson averaged 3.5 points per game and had 71 total rebounds. Nelson averaged 1.8 points per game.

The Polar Bears have 11 returning varsity members this year. This includes a heavy eight seniors and only three sophomores.

"Our goal for this season is just to be the best we can be," said Ohl. "Which sounds kind of cliche but really that's all we kind of talk about, is just to be our best."

 The Warriors have been preparing for this game for two weeks now and, according to Ohl, are looking forward to the chance to just get back at it.

"We have a fun group to coach and be around and who come to practice and work as hard as they can and enjoy it."

The Warriors season opener against the Polar Bears will also be their first home game. The boys varsity game will follow the girls game at 7:45 p.m.