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Talawanda to use in-your-face energy during 2019-2020 season

OXFORD — The Talawanda High boys basketball team has been focused on bringing an upbeat vibe to practice.

Brave first-year coach Jake Turner expects it all to transfer into the upcoming season.

Here’s a snapshot of the 2019-2020 Talawanda Brave:

QUOTABLE: “Ever since the first day of the offseason, I have made it my mission to bring an abundance of heart and energy to the Talawanda Brave,” Turner said. “We plan to carry that on throughout the season.  We are a tough team that plays with a high amount of in-your-face energy. … We are trending in the right direction as trust and stability are being built within the program. We are more focused on growing together and bringing the fun of the game back to these kids — rather than worrying about wins and losses. These are great kids that love the game of basketball. You will see that this season. I love my team, and I believe the Talawanda community is going to love watching them play this upcoming season.”

NOTABLE: Craig James was second team All-Southwest Ohio Conference his sophomore season. James led the Brave in scoring with 10 points a game last season.

LAST SEASON: The Brave finished with a 1-22 record.

2018-2019 POSTSEASON: Lost to Moeller in the first round.

2019-2020 SEASON OPENER: At Taylor on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

RETURNING STARTERS: Craig James, Jonathan Richter and Josh Verst.

Talawanda’s Jonathan Richter (40) looks to put up a shot against Monroe last season. AJ FULLAM/


Trent Hensley, junior

Craig James, junior

Ethan Kraushar, senior

Dale Yauger, sophomore

Reagan Shepherd, senior

Josh Verst, senior

Deondre Bothast-Revalee, sophomore

Jonathan Richter, junior

Luke Schlichter, junior

Braden Wright, junior

Ben Olenick, sophomore

Gavin Shadle, senior

Dalton Norris, senior

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