TOPEKA — In an ever-changing world, there are still some things that don’t.
Like Westview High School boys basketball. The names may change, sure, but the winning does not.
Actually, even the names don’t really change. There’s almost always multiple Yoders, and typically a Miller.
The Warriors are kind of like the comfort food of area hoops. You know you’re getting a tested, winning, down-home recipe virtually every time you indulge.
Westview has won 43 games over the last two years — tied for sixth-best in the state — owns seven straight winning seasons and owns 13 such seasons in the last 15 winters.
This season’s edition, which will be coach Rob Yoder’s 10th, is coming of a 21-6 mark.
All-Area second-team guard Brant Yoder has graduated, but plenty of seasoned talent remains, including blossoming junior guard Jordyn Bontrager, and seniors Kyle Miller and Nic Raber, who are big by Warrior standards at 6-4 and 6-3, respectively.
There are also some additions up from an 18-3 junior varsity squad.
“We think we have a chance to be improved,” Rob Yoder says, “but I’m sure a lot of teams feel that way about themselves. Brant and Adrian (Brandenberger) are tough guys to replace. We’ll have bumps along the road, but our goal is to just keep getting better and hopefully be pretty good by March.”
Westview opens Nov. 20 at home against Bethany Christian.
By the numbers
Westview’s record over the last six years, good for the 10th-best win total in the state during that time.
The Warriors’ home record over the last two years. Westview has won its last two sectionals and hosts the 2A event for a third straight year this season.
No. Player Pos. Ht. Yr.
11 Jordyn Bontrager G 5-10 Jr.
13 Daron Miller G 6-0 So.
21 Jamar Weaver G 5-11 Jr.
31 Brett Yoder F 6-3 Sr.
35 Damon Hershberger G 6-0 Jr.
41 Chandler Aspy F 6-3 So.
43 Nic Raber F 6-3 Sr.
51 Kyle Miller G 6-4 Sr.
Coach: Rob Yoder (146-72 in nine seasons, all at Westview).
Assistants: Rusty Yoder, Ross Hales, Jon Jantzi.
20 — Bethany Christian. 24 — Northridge. 30 — at Churubusco (c).
6 — at NorthWood. 8 — Central Noble (c). 14 — Angola (c). 18 — at East Noble. 21 — at Lakeland (c).
4 — at Hamilton (c). 9-12 — NECC Tournament. 18 — Fairfield (c). 19 — at Jimtown. 25 — Eastside (c).
1 — at West Noble (c). 7 — Prairie Heights (c). 12 — at Wawasee. 15 — Goshen. 19 — Fremont (c). 22 — at Concord.
(c) — Denotes Northeast Corner Conference games.
Points: Kyle Miller 9.1, Nic Raber 6.0, Jordyn Bontrager 5.8.
Rebounds: Raber 3.1, Bontrager 3.0.
Assists: Bontrager 2.2, Miller 1.3.
Steals: Raber 1.0, Bontrager 1.0.
Head coach Rob Yoder’s look at the team:
Who are the projected starters and what do they bring to the mix?
“I believe Jordyn (Bontrager) and Nic (Raber) started every game last year, so they’ve got a good chance. Kyle (Miller) was our second-leading scorer by average and I would think he has a chance. He’s somebody who’s worked a lot harder and is in better shape and should be a better player on defense. I think Chandler Aspy’s definitely in the mix. Brett Yoder and Jamar Weaver are right there, but to be honest, we’re pretty balanced. I don’t know if we have any starters locked in stone.”
Why just eight players on the varsity roster?
“We’ll have 10 in uniform every game, but right now I think we have eight who have proven they can play (varsity), and then we have a JV that is really balanced and young with a big number of players. We are practicing a couple of them with us every day, but which ones changes from day to day. We’ll let a bunch of them get their feet wet, and by the end of the year we should know who the 10 or 12 guys will be. We just want to take a longer look.”
Is Jordyn your point guard with the graduation of Brant Yoder and how has he progressed?
“He should be our primary ball-handler. Jordyn, number one, is extremely unselfish. In the past, he’s passed on way more shots than he should have. He should shoot around 50 percent (on 2s) and 40 percent (on 3s). He’s a little bit like Brant from last year in that people didn’t know Brant could score, but we knew he could. Jordyn’s extremely talented, better than people realize. I think there’s a chance he can be a break-out guy.”
What are the potential strengths and possible concerns for this team?
“We’re not as small as some of our teams have been. There’s times we could have four guys on the floor 6-3 or bigger to go with a really solid point guard in Jordyn. I think we can be a better shooting team. I think our interior people will be good as they get a little more experience, and maybe a little better at scoring the ball. I think Chandler will really help us on the inside. The concern is it’s just hard to be good. You really have to work at it. There’s 10 games or more that will be close, and if you win those, you’re good, and if you don’t, you’re not. We have new kids who have to learn to play together and we’ll have to play defense.”