Boys to build on seniors’ experience

NEWBERRY — New head coach Jim Depew is set to lead the Newberry boys basketball team with hopes of building his experienced group. Depew, who joined the team halfway through last season, benefits from the return of five seniors, starting with co-captain and top offensive threat, forward John Paramski. “He’s a big physical kid at 6-foot-3,” Depew said. “He’s hard working and very coachable. He dominates for us on the inside, and brings to the table a great outside shot.” Also returning for his fourth varsity season will be the team’s tallest player, 6-foot-6 Alex Johnson. “Johnson’s a guy that hasn’t always found a starting role, but has become a huge piece for this team,” Depew said. “He’s always putting in the time and effort, and he’s ready to get his nose dirty this year.” Newberry returns three other seniors, including co-captain forward Ryan Archer. In his second year on varsity at center-forward is Seth Groenhout, who Depew said also has a dominating presence in the paint. Senior Cameron Brockman shared reps at guard last season. Depew plans to bring up five juniors, highlighted by guards Casey Wendt and George Sevarns. “Our greatest strength is our man-to-man defense,” Depew said. “We’re going to play an aggressive ‘in your face’-type of attack with the group we have.” Depew has coached nearly all of the boys on the team at the JV or eighth-grade levels. “Everything’s still new for everyone involved,” Depew said. “There are new players, new faces and new stuff everywhere, so it’s going to take some time for everyone to get into it and get going.” Ray Bressette can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. His email address is

Newberry boys 2016-17 schedule All times Eastern

Dec. 8 — at Cheboygan, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 13 — Cedarville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 — at St. Ignace, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 23 — Brimley, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 3 — at Pickford, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 — Rudyard, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10 — at Brimley, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12 — SS Marie, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17 — at Engadine, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 — DeTour, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 — at Manistique, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 — Cheboygan, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 — at Cedarville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 — St. Ignace, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 8 — Pickford, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 — at Rudyard, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 17 — at SS Marie, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 20 — Engadine, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 — at DeTour, 7:30 p.m.

March 2 — at Munising, 7:30 p.m.