Boys Basketball: Pioneers looking at new starting lineup to gain success

The Hill-Murray boys basketball team is approaching the upcoming season with many question marks.

Pioneers head coach Dick Ghizoni said, “We lost five starters to graduation. We are returning many players with little varsity experience.”

Ghizoni continued, “We have some good inside and good outside shooters. We will have a good mix of senior class and junior class players.”

He added, “We hope to develop these team members with a tough non-conference schedule.”

Leading Hill-Murray this season will be co-captains Eric Weimar and Alex Ogren. Both saw considerable action last season off the bench and both are seniors.

Weimar is a guard, and Ogren will fill a forward position.

Behind them will be a pair of seniors—guard Jamie Larmie and center Joe Schaefer.

Following them are several juniors, all guards, including Marshawn Wilson, Sam Westby, Jimmy Quirk and Jack Fahey.

Rounding out the Pioneers roster will be sophomore center Chris Moore.

Assisting head coach Ghizoni will be Vince Conway and Luke Freeman.

As he glanced at the Classic Suburban Conference, Ghizoni cited several schools as strong contenders by the time the season reaches the section playoffs.

The group included his team, Hill-Murray, as well as Tartan, St. Thomas Academy, Mahtomedi and Simley.

Hill-Murray will open the season on the road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. Their home opener will be against St. Paul Central, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Hill-Murray Field House.

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