The 2012-2013 men’s basketball team here at Parkside is a talented one. If they can stay healthy this year, they can do some damage in conference. Health is one thing that Coach Reigel can’t control, but is going to heave to deal with all season. With that being said, he has a talented bunch that is led by a multi-talented senior.
The team’s scoring catalyst and overall best player is senior forward Jeremy Saffold. Saffold was a prized recruit coming out of high school that has not been disappointing. His scoring average has been in the mid-teens while gobbling up five rebounds a game during his first three seasons. Those numbers have garnered some awards and recognition for Saffold that will hopefully land him overseas next season. This year, Saffold is a potential division two All-American. Through five games this season, Jeremy is averaging 23.5 points a game and pulling down 5.6 rebounds. He has produced better numbers by becoming a more efficient player. He is shooting 52 percent from the field, 83 percent from the line, and 39 percent from downtown. If he finishes this season anywhere close to those numbers, they will all be career highs.
Another player that should put up some big numbers for this year’s squad is the man in the middle, sophomore Ziggy Riauka. Big Z played well his freshman year averaging 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. Those numbers need to increase if the team wants to be relevant in the GLVC this year.
Conrad Kurtwig is the starting power forward whose face up game complements the post-up game of Riauka very well. The biggest question marks for this year’s team is who is going to step up at both starting guard positions. The answer is Andy Mazurczak and Bryant Smith. Mazurczak is a true freshman who has a solid overall game. He doesn’t have one attribute that really stands out, but he does everything well. Mazurczak will be a very good player for years to come. Smith is a Juco transfer who is gritty and tough nosed. He is a good defender that can also take his man to the basket anytime he wants on offense. Both Mazurczak and Smith need to score more to take some pressure off Saffold and Riauka.
Some key reserves include Senior post Kevin Senechalle, Junior guard Colt Grandstaff, and Senior guard Nick Neari. The final piece to this year’s puzzle is Jordan Mach. Mach would be this year’s starting shooting guard if he wasn’t still recovering from a torn ACL during last season. He is a very talented player who would give the team a much needed second scoring option, along with some solid defense, passing, and shooting from the outside. His injury may set the team back a little bit until he returns.
Overall, coach Reigel has his hands full this season. If the team can fight off the injury bug, then they should do well and compete for a conference title. If the team can’t stay healthy, they will have a tough season ahead of them.
Article by Ryan Padlo