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Michael Hobbs (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)

Augie Farwig (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)

Brody Olson (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)

Mason Brown (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)

Alec Brown (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)

Jimtown coach Ron Dietz speaks to his team before a 52-45 victory over Fairfield on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Jimtown High School. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Jimtown coach Ron Dietz makes calls to his team during a 52-45 victory over Fairfield on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Jimtown High School. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
NEW Jimtown 3A tourney story

Posted on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 24, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

JIMTOWN — Change can be a scary thing.

Jimtown High School’s five boys basketball seniors — Mason Brown, Augie Farwig, Alec Brown, Michael Hobbs and Brody Olson — have experienced their share of newness.

Ron Dietz is the Jimmies’ third head coach in as many seasons — he follows Derrick DeShone, who followed Randy DeShone — and brings his own philosophy and personality to the program.

Jimtown has historically been very patient on offense and used mostly man-to-man defense.

Dietz, who was a Jimtown assistant a year ago, has installed an up-tempo “read” offense and employs more zone and press coverage. The veteran coach likes his offense to come in thirds — a third from the pattern, a third off of defense and a third from rebounding and the transition game.

Though consistency has been an issue, the Jimmies have been most successful when all those phases have been present.

Dietz, whose previous head coaching stops included Concord, Marian and Fort Wayne Dwenger, entered his first Jimtown season looking to make it a positive experience for all his players, especially the seniors, and a good developmental year for the younger Jimmies.

“I think we’ve accomplished those goals,” said Dietz, who credits varsity assistant Tyler Leighton for his part in grooming the younger players and junior varsity coach Ryan Gingerich for prepping the future varsity contributors.

Another goal was to surpass the win total of 2011-12 team, which went 4-17.

Jimtown goes into its Class 3A Plymouth Sectional game against Plymouth on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7-13.

The five seniors have their own takes on the switch.

Mason Brown, who has played all three guard spots and served as a vocal leader this season, spent his freshman year at Penn. That means he has had four head coaches in as many years.

To him, the latest change has been fairly painless.

“(Coach Dietz) has made it easy,” said Brown. “He is good at communication. He has appointed (the seniors) as leaders. We play a more exciting brand of up-tempo basketball. We have to look to get the ball inside and demand the ball inside.”

One of those inside players is often the 6-foot-6 Farwig.

“It hasn’t been horrible,” said Farwig of the new way of doing things. “It’s just been a matter of understanding stuff.”

Point guard Alec Brown, who missed seven games at the beginning of the season with an ankle injury, is called “Mr. Steady” by Dietz. The player has noticed a steadying quality in his coach.

“He’s done a pretty good job of getting us through the bumps,” said Brown.

Hobbs has watched the Jimmies become more cohesive as the season has gone on.

“We’re all playing together more and not as individuals,” said Hobbs. “We’re slowly putting it together. If we can put a whole game together, we’ll be tough to beat.”

While 5-11 hustler Olson is in his first season of high school basketball, he has his observations, too.

“It’s a process,” said Olson. “We weren’t on the same page at the beginning of the year. It took us awhile to get his philosophy. We’re starting to click.”

Class 3A

Wawasee Sectional

Tuesday, Feb. 26

NorthWood (14-6) vs. West Noble (15-5), 6 p.m.

Wawasee (5-15) vs. Tippecanoe Valley (17-3), follows

Friday, March 1

Fairfield (11-11) vs. NorthWood/West Noble winner, 6 p.m.

Lakeland (6-15) vs. Wawasee/Tippecanoe Valley winner, follows

Saturday, March 2

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Plymouth Sectional

Tuesday, Feb. 26

New Prairie (12-8) vs. SB St. Joseph (11-9), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Culver Academy (2-18) vs. Marian (10-9), 6 p.m.

Jimtown (7-13) vs. Plymouth (17-3), follows

Friday, March 1

Glenn (8-13) vs. New Prairie/St. Joseph winner, 6 p.m.

Culver Academy/Marian winners vs. Jimtown/Plymouth winner, follows

Saturday, March 2

Championship, 7:30 p.m.