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Oak Ridge boys basketball has high expectations after 21-win season

Senior Ty Wilson returns as one of Oak Ridge's two all-conference selections from last season.

After a season where the Oak Ridge boys basketball team finished 21-6 overall and were regular-season champions in both the Scott-Miss and Mississippi Valley conferences, the Blue Jays fully expect to repeat this success in 2023-24.

Oak Ridge’s season came to an end in the first round of the Class 2 District 3 Tournament as the No. 3 seed to No. 6 Oran 65-56. The Eagles went on to lose to eventual district champions Advance 54-45 in the semifinals, who beat Green-ville 64-61 for the title.

Returning for Oak Ridge will be two all-conference selections for both conferences in seniors Ty Wilson and Konnor Hobeck. As for Hobeck, he comes back as the Blue Jays returning leading scorer at 15 points per game along with averaging four steals per contest.

Wilson paced Hobeck in points per game with his own average of 14 while coming up with eight rebounds each contest. Both Wilson and Hobeck are around 200 points away from being 1,000-point scorers in their career.

Along with these two, other Oak Ridge seniors like Carson Hahs, Brock Hobeck and Karson Ward will be in the starting lineup. Fellow Blue Jays upperclassmen juniors Connor Hutteger and Cohen Hahs will contribute off the bench.

“Most teams are familiar with Ty and Konnor, who have been starting since their freshman year,” Oak Ridge head coach Cody Bova said. “I expect us to build off a very successful season last year, and I expect for us to battle for both conference and district championships. Just want us to go out there and compete every night. I know it sounds like a cliche, but my guys this year play really hard and unselfish. My team is led by a great group of seniors. I think our team speed will be a big asset for us this year.”

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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