By Jacki Wood

The Nodaway-Holt boys team returns the majority of its players from last year’s rotation and second-year Head Coach Kevin Dodson said he hopes they won’t miss a beat.

“The success we had last year was capitalizing on our athletic ability as a team. We will continue to build on this and make other teams play at our pace of play,” Dodson said.

Returning lettermen include Carey Volner, Brody Day, Zach Walker, James Chesnut, Kaiden Vance, Eli Sloniker, Dakota Leeper and Tad Smock.

Volner, a senior forward, averaged 12.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg last year while Day, a senior guard, averaged 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.3 apg.

In addition to Volner and Day, Dodson expects big things from Chesnut, a senior guard, Walker, a senior forward, and transfer Logan Zimmerman, a senior forward.

The Trojans went 14-12 overall and 5-2 in the 275 Conference while placing 3rd at the Northwest Missouri Invitational. But they’ll be competing in the newly aligned 275 Conference this year.

“I’m most excited to see how the Trojans compete with the increased competition of the new 275 conference this year,” Dodson said.

“The area that we will work to improve on from last year is our composure in tight situations. A lot of the games we lost last year were close games and we will look to change that this year.”

He sees Jefferson, South Holt and Mound City as his team’s toughest opponents but said “anybody could beat us on any given night.”

The Trojans started the season with a loss to Class 2 Plattsburg, 66-72, and then placed second at the Mound City Tournament.