Viking Boys Off To A Solid Start

The Rio boys basketball team is off to a solid start to the 2020-21 season.

The Vikings a pair of All-Trailways West selections from a year ago, and both have picked up right where they have left off this season.  Senior Jacob Rowe was a first team all-league pick last year and has averaged 19 points per game to start the season.  Fellow senior Pierson Schneider was a 2nd Team all-conference pick last season.  He’s averaging 18 points per game this season.  Juniors Dylan Freeman and Gavin Grams return from last year’s squad as does sophomore Tyson Prochnow.

“Obviously when you get two all-conference guys back that’s are as dynamic as Jacob and Pierson it’s an advantage for you. They have been playing on varsity since they were sophomores and keep improving.” Coach Tim Struck told ”Some young kids are back.  We’ve had Tyson up as a freshman.  He’s shown more maturity as a sophomore.  He’s getting more physical. Guys like Dylan Freeman and Gavin Grams are stepping up from that junior class. They were small role players last year and now they are starters and 6th man and are very important cogs to the team.  I’m just looking for each of them to keep growing in their role.”

“First and foremost, we’ve got to keep working on our defense. If we can’t stop these guys from scoring it’s going to make our jobs tougher on the offensive end.” Struck said. “If the young players step up and fill their roles and hit important shots and that will help us fight to where we want to be.”

Rio (4-3) will take the holiday season off and jump back into action on January 5th when they host Deerfield.


Mark Miller’s Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook picked the Vikings 5th in the Trailways West


Click the link to hear a full interview with Rio boys basketball coach Tim Struck



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