Coach believes Flyers headed in right direction

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Simply stated, the 2007-2008 season is one that the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team would like to forget.

The Flyers struggled last year, going 5-21 overall with a 2-6 mark in Suburban West Conference play. But head coach Jason Wolfard believes the Flyers are headed in the right direction for their season opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at home against Vianney.

“This has probably been the best start in my five years as the head coach as far as practice goes,” Wolfard said. “We’re getting the things done on the court that we need to.

“The guys that are coming back from last year’s team had very little playing time and we’re going to mix those guys in with some younger players.”

The Flyers return six lettermen from last year’s team, but have no starters returning, which should make things interesting for Wolfard.

“We’re excited for what we have this year,” he said. “We’re really happy with the group we have. They’re kind of taking a new look on things and not looking back on what happened last year. They’re looking at this year as a fresh start and I think we have a good chance to be pretty deep with guys that can contribute.”

Senior Andrew Dahl saw limited time last season, but appears ready to blossom into his own this season and is getting interest from the collegiate ranks. The 6-foot-8-inch center averaged 1.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season.

“Andrew kind of came on toward the end of last season coming off the bench,” Wolfard said. “This spring and summer, he gained a lot of confidence, got a lot better and really worked on his game. He’s getting some college looks and is probably going to play some college ball.”

Jeff Bilyeu also saw limited time last season as the team’s backup point guard. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.7 rebounds per game and was one of the Flyers’ leading threats at the free-throw line, hitting 70.6 percent of his shots from the charity stripe.

“Jeff was the backup point guard last year and is probably the one guy coming back with the most experience,” Wolfard said. “He’s really gotten better and is trying to understand how he needs to lead the team at the point guard spot.”

Senior Sean Alexander should see time at the guard position this season and looks to better last season’s 3 points and 1.8 re-bounds per game. He also racked up 18 assists, 11 steals and one blocked shot.

“He’s just a great athlete on both ends of the floor,” Wolfard said.

Jamie Limar is another senior guard who saw very limited time last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.6 rebounds per game.

“He’s a senior that didn’t see much playing time last year, but is a great athlete like Sean,” Wolfard said. “We’re expecting big things from him this year.”

Andy Flett and Travis Brown are two seniors who should come off the bench to be key contributors to Lindbergh’s success this season.

Flett averaged 2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season while Brown averaged 0.8 points per game.

“They’ve been playing really well in practice,” Wolfard said. “We think that both of them could help us out in different spots this season.”