EDINBURGH — It doesn’t matter that it lost eight seniors, including all five starters, from its first regional championship team in 61 years.
The expectations at Edinburgh are to do it again.
“None of our goals have changed,” third-year coach Drew Glentzer said. “Last year, our goals were to win the sectional, obviously to win the regional and have a good run in the tournament and win conference. These kids all know that every one of those things are all within reach.”
The Lancers are off to a 1-1 start. They beat Southwestern (Shelby) in their opener before falling to Waldron.
“Our first game against Southwestern, we played extremely well,” Glentzer said. “We got them to turn it over and really did some good things. Then, Waldron is probably going to win 16-17 games this year. They’re a senior-laden team, and we had them on the ropes and probably should have got it done.”
Edinburgh returns three seniors who saw significant varsity action this past season in 6-foot-1 point guard Caleb Giles, 6-2 Ryan Burton and 6-0 Trent Tatlock. They are starting this year, along with 6-4 senior Nate King and 6-2 senior Riley Price, a move-in from Hamilton Southeastern.
Glentzer also is looking to 5-10 freshman Kyle Pendleton and 6-4 junior Dakota Sneed off the bench.
“We’re about seven deep right now and trying to get some other kids hopefully here by midseason ready to go up,” Glentzer said. “The strength of our team is really just kind of team unity. We have some kids that can shoot it a little bit. We have some really physical kids.
“We like to kind of think that we’re going to have to play like Michigan State to win games,” he said. “We might not be really very pretty sometimes on offense, but we’re going to play physical on defense and try to rebound it really well.”
Edinburgh will hit the road for the first time Saturday, when it visits North Decatur. The Lancers visit Hauser Dec. 14 in a rematch of last season’s regional final.
“I knew we were going to have some peaks and valleys here early, as each one of our kids are understanding what each one of them has to do every night for us to have success,” Glentzer said. “We’re probably going to be inconsistent until that happens.
“Our kids are all buying into the same thing,” he said. “As soon as we gain some consistency, the sky is the limit for this group. I really enjoy these guys because they’ve paid their dues. They got to practice against a really good team last year all day every day, and those things are all paying dividends for us now.”