After magical ’06-’07 run, Lindbergh boys look at rebuilding year on the court

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The 2006-2007 season was a magical run for the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team as the Flyers took fourth place in the Missouri Class 4 State Tournament.

But the Flyers now are at a crossroads after losing eight players from last year’s squad to graduation while returning five players who saw action on the court last season.

“We’re still trying to find out who we’re going to be,” Lindbergh head coach Jason Wolfard said. “It’s a good thing that we’ve got a few guys back that have that taste of last year.

“We’re still taking small steps though because it’s definitely a rebuilding year,” Wolfard added.

Lindbergh’s leading scoring threat is senior guard Charles Little, who averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season.

Little also recorded 25 assists, eight steals and five blocked shots during the 2006-2007 campaign.

“There’s going to be a lot of pressure coming on his shoulders, but he has the potential to be a very good player,” Wolfard said. “We always knew that he has the talent, we just need him to be an all-around player.”

Also at guard will be Antwon Robinson, who averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last year. The senior also recorded 20 assists and 11 steals last season.

“Last year was definitely a learning experience,” Wolfard said. “He came off the bench and did really well, and with our inexperience, we’re really going to rely on him this year.”

Wolfard believes senior forward Bill Uthoff also will make a significant impact this season.

Uthoff averaged 2.0 points and 1.4 re-bounds per game last year. He also recorded 15 assists, eight steals and one blocked shot last season.

“Bill’s really come on this season,” Wolfard said. “We’re real confident in what he’s doing and we think he’s going to do some great things for us this season.”

Two seniors who also could factor into the Flyers’ success this season are guard Cole Buescher and forward John Lane.

“John was hampered a little bit by injury last year and is battling an ankle injury this year,” Wolfard said. “Cole is another guy that had to sit back last year and fill spots when we needed him. He should see some playing time this season.”

The Flyers open the season at Rockwood Summit at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they take on the Falcons in non-conference action.

Rockwood Summit went 12-14 overall last season with a 4-3 mark in Suburban South Conference play.

The Falcons lost eight players to graduation, so they, too, are going through a transition year.

“I think that both teams lost some starters from last year,” Wolfard said. “They’ve got two big kids and we’ll find out how well we can handle that. We’ve got to come out and make a statement as to who we are and where we’ll be.”