There is basketball adage that succinctly summarizes the challenge that awaits the Union boys basketball team this season: “You can’t coach height.” What the Knights may lack in size, they will attempt to compensate for in speed, an asset Head Coach Scott Denner says, “…we will have to be able to utilize.”

With the graduation of front line starters Bo Bader and Alex Bear, the Knights will be challenged to hold their own in the paint. Strong perimeter play and overall team quickness is a strength Denner hopes will tip the balance in his team’s favor. Fortunately, Union has considerable varsity experience returning in the form of seniors Brady Driscol, Dylan Bear and Tate Hadachek and sophomore John Boisen. Returning letter-winner Caleb Larison will also be counted on for key contributions.

Two seniors, Caleb Larison and Justin Carey, are newcomers to the team’s rotation. Denner will also look to sophomores Daycen Douglas and Ryan Miller to add team depth as they gain experience at the varsity level.

The Knights are coming off a 5-16 season, including a 3-11 record in the conference. Denner expects the NICL to continue its strong play in 2015, with Aplington-Parkersburg, Dike-New Hartford and Waterloo Columbus expected to contend for the conference championship. Newcomer Sumner-Fredericksburg, who replaces Hudson in the conference lineup, will offer teams a new look this season.