VANDALIA — After a disappointing season last year, the Butler Aviators basketball team looks to rebound under the new direction of Coach D.J Wyrick. Last season, under the direction of Pat Carlisle, the Aviators finished 2-21 on the year, finishing sixth in the GWOC North. The Aviators have looked past last season and look forward to the new challenge ahead this year.
D.J Wyrick, head coach of the boys’ basketball team believes that this squad has the tools to change the tides on Butler basketball in a positive manner. Wyrick is a former assistant at Wright State University, and looks to bring his experience to the Aviators 2016 campaign.
The Aviators will be led by seven seniors: Noah Ballard, Torin Fletcher, Cameron Glover, Joey Depoy, James Clark, Zach Ledbetter and Brian Jenkins.
Noah Ballard will look to solidify the guard position, both from a ball handling and outside shooting perspective.
Torin Fletcher will also contribute perimeter play and add experience for the Aviators.
James Clark is a new face to the varsity squad and brings great speed and physicality to the lineup.
Zach Ledbetter is a post player for the Aviators, with a great rebounding presence as well as a steady outside shot.
Brian Jenkins is also a post player for the Aviators and will help Butler’s depth as well as contribute on the scoring end.
Cameron Glover is an experienced guard the will help minimize turnovers, as well as distribute the ball effectively.
Joey Depoy is currently rehabbing a knee injury, but is working hard to be back in action for the Aviators after the first of the year.
Butler also has some younger faces that look to make an impact this season. Guard Nathan Stogdill and Bryant Johnson will see minutes for the Aviators. Additionally, Aaron Fields, Alex Wenclewicz, Trey Sanders and Sutton Skapik will be influential for the Aviators and add freshness and productivity.
The GWOC North division and conference as a whole will be very strong this season and will challenge the Aviators. The Aviators finished sixth in the division a season ago, going winless in the conference. Last year’s champions, Greenville, will be strong again this year, and a high stakes matchup for the division trophy. Butler also has tough GWOC crossover opponents in Springfield, Beavercreek and Miamisburg.
Coach Wyrick said he feels this tough schedule will challenge the Aviators but with hard work and determination, they will have success.
The Aviators will open their season on Friday, Nov. 27 as they travel to Tipp City. The Aviators opening home game will be on Saturday, Nov. 28 against Springfield Shawnee. Big games of the year will be at Troy on Jan. 8 as well as home against Piqua on Jan. 15.
Friday, Nov. 27 at Tippecanoe 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4 at Lebanon 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11 at Sidney 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 at Springfield 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 Greenville 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 Tecumseh 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Miamisburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8 at Troy 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Beavercreek 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 15 Piqua 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22 Trotwood-Madison 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23 Northmont 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 Xenia 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 Sidney 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb.. 2 at Greenville 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5 Troy 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Piqua 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12 Trotwood-Madison 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 at Valley View 7:30 p.m.
Reach Gannon Godsey by contacting Greg Smart at 684-8088.