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November 23, 2012

Courtside with: Shawnee Mission East


School: Shawnee Mission East High School
Classification: 6A
League: Sunflower League
2011 - 2012 Record: 12-10
League Record / Finish: 7-4 Tied for third among 12 teams
SMH notables: Lost to BV Northwest (State runner up) in the Sub-State Championship
Coach's Information:
Head Coach: Shawn Hair / Starting 17th Year at SME (206-125) Overall record: Starting 25th year (334-211)
Assistant Coaches: : Ryan Oettmeier, Ryan Hintz

Postseason:

Overview

Shawnee Mission East Lancers
Vance Wentz has signed with Division I Monana State

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Zach Schneider Forward
Vance Wentz Guard
Chase Hanna Guard
Billy Sutherland Center
Connor McGannon Guard
Connor Rellihan Guard
Chris Tuttle Center

Returning Players

Projected Starters:

Returning Starters* and Letterwinners

Zach Schneider*      6'7"   Sr.	  
Vance Wentz*         6'4"   Sr.   
Chase Hanna*         6'1"   Sr.   
Billy Sutherland*    6'5"   Sr.   
Connor McGannon      5'9"   Sr.   
Connor Rellihan      6'0"   Sr.
Chris Tuttle	   6'8"   Sr. 	

Top Returning Prospects and Newcomers


Lucas Jones        6'6"     So.          
Jackson Sublette   6'0"     Sr.       
Connor Knabe       6'1"     Sr.         
Cory Perkins       5'11"    Sr.          
Christian Blessen  6'2"     Jr.          
Collin Burns       6'2"     Jr.       
Joey Wentz         6'4"     Fr.  			

Shoes to Fill

As many players as they have coming back including four starters, the Lancers lost four seniors who saw a lot of time last season in Alex Schoegler, Andy Hiett, Henry Simpson, and Chris Heady.

The team does return four starters including senior Zach Schneider who at 6-foot-7 averaged 14 points and six rebounds as a third team all-Sunflower League player a year ago and Vance Wentz, who at 15 points four rebounds and two assists was second team all-Sunflower and honorable mention a year ago. Vance has signed with Division I Montana State.

Two other starters return in Chase Hanna who averaged six points and two assists as well as Billy Sutherland their six-foot-five senior center who averaged five points and five boards. Three other senior letter winners return including six-foot-eight Chris Tuttle at center.

Must Step Up

A lot of senior experience returns, as well as a lot of height but two players who could make a difference if they step it up would be senior Chris Tuttle and sophomore Lucas Jones both of whom have the height to make this one of the tallest teams in the state overall.

Joey Wentz, a freshman brother to Vance at six-foot-four could be the player of the future along with the sophomore Jones.

Team Analysis in the coaches words: A description of the Lancers, our strengths and weaknesses.

Our key to a successful season.

This year, we must play great team defense and rebound the ball very well. We return 7 letter winners who all have some starting experience. We return our top 2 scorers in Wentz and Schneider, and we have some guys who can really shoot the ball. We must also value the ball on offense, get great team shots, and emphasize playing inside out. We must compete at both ends of the floor and our seniors; (all 10 of them) need to provide great leadership. This team has the ability to do some good things, but must challenge themselves every night to leave all out on the floor.

Season Prediction

Predicted order of finish in the conference minus coach Hair's own team
1	Olathe East
2	Olathe South
3	SM South
4	Leavenworth
5	Lawrence
6	SM West
7	Lawrence Free State
8	Olathe Northwest
9	Olathe North
10	SM Northwest
11	SM North

Players whom Coach Hair can make an impact in Kansas this year:

Name	        School
Joey Lillis	BV West
Scott Edwards	BV North
Noah Knight	Olathe South
Ezra Talbert	Olathe East
Clayton Custer	BV Northwest
Conner Frankamp	Wichita North
Zach Schneider	SM East
Semi Ogeleye	Ottawa
Vance Wentz	SM East

Schedule


Day 		Date 		Opponent 			  			  		
Thursday		Dec. 6		SME Boys Basketball Tourney  
Friday		Dec. 7		SME Boys Basketball Tourney			 
Saturday		Dec. 8		SME Boys Basketball Tourney			 
Tuesday 		Dec. 11		Harrisonville			 
Saturday		Dec. 15		(HyVee) vs. TBD			 
Friday		Jan. 4		Leavenworth			
Tuesday		Jan. 8		Olathe North 			 
Friday		Jan. 11		SMW				 
Thursday	         Jan. 17		TBD @ McPherson Tourney	McPherson		 
Friday		Jan. 18		TBD @ McPherson Tourney	McPherson		 
Saturday	         Jan. 19		TBD @ McPherson Tourney	McPherson		 
Friday 		Jan. 25		Rockhurst			 
Tuesday		Jan. 29		Olathe Northwest		 
Friday		Feb. 1		Lawrence			 
Tuesday		Feb. 5		Olathe South			 
Friday		Feb. 8		SMNW			
Tuesday		Feb. 12		Olathe East			 
Friday		Feb. 15		SMN				  
Tuesday		Feb. 19		Lawrence Free State		 
Friday		Feb. 22		SMS					 
Wednesday	         Feb. 27		Sub-State				
Friday		March 1		Sub-State				
Wed, Fri-Sat	March 6,8,9	State Tournament			


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