Ptacek to lead Mill Valley boys
As the Mill Valley basketball program enters its second season of play, MVHS coach Justin Bogart has the luxury of returning an all-Kaw Valley League guard.
However, welcoming back 6-foot-2 inch senior guard Cody Ptacek adds another concern to Bogart's list finding players to take the pressure off Ptacek.
Last season Ptacek averaged nearly 20 points per game in more of a supporting role. The Jags had the players to go around him and because teams could not focus only on stopping Ptacek, he benefited. This season Ptacek will not be so lucky.
"Cody Ptacek is probably the premier point guard in the Kaw Valley League," Piper coach David Hall said. "You absolutely have to know where he is on the court at all times."
Because other teams will be geared toward stopping the senior guard this season, Bogart said he'll have to find ways to get other players involved.
"We've got the talent to be pretty good this season," Bogart said. "But we definitely have to find a way to work together as a team and have a couple of young guys step up for us. If we get that, we could be near the top of the league again."
Last season the Jags finished fourth in the KVL with a 12-9 overall record.
The Mill Valley wrestling program is set to enter its second season of existence and coach Travis Keal is hoping that his team will be built on strong leadership.
With all but one wrestler returning from last season's team, that shouldn't be much of a problem.
Keal has six seniors with varsity experience returning as well as two state qualifiers from the last season's team, and he's hoping that their leadership will be the backbone of this year's squad.
"When you've got good leaders your team is going to be better," Keal said.how it can pay off."
Despite going 0-21 last season, there is good news in the Mill Valley girls basketball program things can only get better this season. With a whole new cast of contributors, coach Matt Bohm's Jaguars are thinking along those lines.
"They've kind of just forgotten about what happened last year," Bohm said. "Basically we're an entirely new team and it's going to be a very competitive team."