Coach D.J Wyrick takes helm in basketball


Squad seeks to improve on 2-21 season

By Gannon Godsey - For the Drummer



Members of the boys varsity basketball team from left to right in front row are Kenny Messenger, Nathan Stogdill, Trey Sanders, Sutton Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Aaron Fields, Alex Wenclewicz and Trey Brown. Row two: Coach Brown, James Clark, Noah Ballard, Joey DePoy, Brian Jenkins, Zach Ledbetter, Cameron Glover, Torin Fletcher and Coach Wyrick.


Members of the freshman basketball team from left to right in the front row are Ryan Wertz, Spencer Imwalle, Connor Hendricks, Jackson Martin, Dylan Kurzawa and Nick LoBianco. Back row: Coach Critz, Jack Akers, Blake Ross, John Droesch, Dillon Buchanan, Quentin Glover, Alex Plummer and Coach Hunter.


Members of the JV basketball team in front row from left to right are Michael Kreill, Robert Spencer, Zach Landis, Cameron Carter and Jalen Laird. Row two: Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Jamarr Lewis, Logen Thomas, Hunter O’Cull and Coach Carter.


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.

Butler schedule

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.

Members of the boys varsity basketball team from left to right in front row are Kenny Messenger, Nathan Stogdill, Trey Sanders, Sutton Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Aaron Fields, Alex Wenclewicz and Trey Brown. Row two: Coach Brown, James Clark, Noah Ballard, Joey DePoy, Brian Jenkins, Zach Ledbetter, Cameron Glover, Torin Fletcher and Coach Wyrick.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/11/web1_BBBB244.jpgMembers of the boys varsity basketball team from left to right in front row are Kenny Messenger, Nathan Stogdill, Trey Sanders, Sutton Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Aaron Fields, Alex Wenclewicz and Trey Brown. Row two: Coach Brown, James Clark, Noah Ballard, Joey DePoy, Brian Jenkins, Zach Ledbetter, Cameron Glover, Torin Fletcher and Coach Wyrick.

Members of the freshman basketball team from left to right in the front row are Ryan Wertz, Spencer Imwalle, Connor Hendricks, Jackson Martin, Dylan Kurzawa and Nick LoBianco. Back row: Coach Critz, Jack Akers, Blake Ross, John Droesch, Dillon Buchanan, Quentin Glover, Alex Plummer and Coach Hunter.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/11/web1_BFrBB247.jpgMembers of the freshman basketball team from left to right in the front row are Ryan Wertz, Spencer Imwalle, Connor Hendricks, Jackson Martin, Dylan Kurzawa and Nick LoBianco. Back row: Coach Critz, Jack Akers, Blake Ross, John Droesch, Dillon Buchanan, Quentin Glover, Alex Plummer and Coach Hunter.

Members of the JV basketball team in front row from left to right are Michael Kreill, Robert Spencer, Zach Landis, Cameron Carter and Jalen Laird. Row two: Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Jamarr Lewis, Logen Thomas, Hunter O’Cull and Coach Carter.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2015/11/web1_BJVBB245.jpgMembers of the JV basketball team in front row from left to right are Michael Kreill, Robert Spencer, Zach Landis, Cameron Carter and Jalen Laird. Row two: Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Jamarr Lewis, Logen Thomas, Hunter O’Cull and Coach Carter.
Squad seeks to improve on 2-21 season

By Gannon Godsey

For the Drummer

Reach Gannon Godsey by contacting Greg Smart at 684-8088.

Reach Gannon Godsey by contacting Greg Smart at 684-8088.