Moscow High School
Conference: 4A Inland Empire League
Head Coach: Josh Uhrig
Years as Head Coach: 1st Season
Previous Experience: Assistant coach at Genesee
Record Last Year: 3-18
State Titles: 1972, 1980, 1997
Gabe Baker, Eric Stefanchik
Devin Carscallen, F, 12; Jason Myler, F, 12; Chad Robertson, G, 12; Colin Niehenke, G, 12; Glen Gosse, G, 11
Returning Players with Honors:
Myler was league Newcomer of the Year
“Key Players” lost from last year:
Jack Akey, G – entire offense flowed through him
Incoming “impact” players:
Ray Bobier, G, 12; Nate Davis, F, 11
Written by: David Bashore
2015-16 figures to be an interesting season for the Moscow boys basketball team. The Bears went just 3-18 last season and they return several players with varsity experience. But they’ll need all of them to contribute at a high level in order to replace graduated star Jack Akey, through whom the entire offense flowed the last couple of years.
A new coach, Josh Uhrig, says a new system will be implemented to maximize the abilities and experience of his returning players, led by senior forwards Devin Carscallen and Jason Myler.
The team’s collective quickness and athleticism gives it a platform to build through the inevitable growing pains that will come early in the season. After relying heavily on Akey to carry the offensive load in years past, Moscow needs to have a balanced attack this season with productivity from pretty much everyone in the given five players on the floor at a particular moment.
Defensively the Bears should be able to have some success with on-ball pressure, especially with Chad Robertson serving as a possible lockdown perimeter defender. But they lack overall size and physicality, which will need to be made up for by discipline and overall team defense.
The biggest thing Uhrig says will be telling toward Moscow’s success (or lack thereof) in 2015-16 is the ability to compete no matter what. Things didn’t go the Bears’ way very often last season and the intensity and competitive fire of his current senior class should keep heads up while they find their way, hoping to be in the mix at the end of the season.