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Head Coach Joe Utter is in his second season at the helm of the Grant County Braves basketball team. Utter wants his team to compete in all games at a high level and they want to make the regional tournament this season.  

The Braves are still a relatively young team with only two returning starters in Aaron Hurley and Luke Dawalt.  Dawalt is a 6’5” sophomore who Utter believes will be a presence in the paint and he can also move out to the perimeter. 

Hurley plays point guard and will move the offense at a quick pace.  The Braves are a relatively small team with Dawalt being the only player over 6’2”.  

Utter wants his players to work hard and to get better every day they step onto the floor.  He wants them to be role models for the school and the community.  

One of the strengths of the Braves is that they will be 10 players deep and will be able to shoot the ball well. 

Utter expects them to compete with all teams at a high level and make it to the regional tournament.

 In addition to Hurley and DaWalt, Utter will be looking for offense from shooting guards Chase Good and Jonas Alger.  

They give the Braves the ability to knock down shots and spread the floor.  

He will also be looking to sophomore Ben Vickers to contribute major minutes this season.  He will be tough to match up against because of his quickness and ability to handle the ball. 

Senior Nate Fox will be a strong presence inside for the Braves on the boards and defense.  Utter said he is athletic and a work horse.

The Braves know that Simon Kenton and Walton Verona will be key matchups in district play.  But the Braves will have both teams at home this season.  

Utter said that the team motto is that “We believe in our team with all our hearts, mind, and soul and with all our strength.”


By Tim Seevers, Sports Correspondent