Most CG-Belgium boys are back

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

This year’s Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team may look much like the 2020-21 version.

Point guard Logan Ketterhagen is the only player who graduated, and his younger brother Cole is playing the position.

“I subbed in one Ketterhagen for another this year,” Coach Derek Wimmer said.

Cole will have some big shoes to fill. Logan earned Big East Conference honorable mention recognition, averaging 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.

Cole has a couple of prolific teammates to help put up points.

Big East first team member Sam Peiffer is back for his senior season after leading the Rockets in scoring with 16.5 points per game last season. He shot 100-for-214 (46.7%) from the field and went 27-for-61 (44.3%) on three-pointers.

Peiffer averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Also back is 6-4 senior Logan Arrowood, who earned Big East honorable mention recognition last season. He was the Rockets’ best inside presence, scoring 11.7 points per game and led the team in rebounds with 8.6, assists with 2.8 and steals with 1.6 per game.

The pair are expected to be the Rockets’ scorers this season, Wimmer said.

Other returning starters include 6-3 forward Caleb Beightol and 5-10 guard Parker Knight.

Wimmer is excited about his newcomers as well.

“This year I’m lucky to have three freshmen on varsity,” he said. “All three could contribute at some point.”

They include Matthew Peiffer, Sam’s younger brother; Nolan Aponte, junior Ethan’s younger brother; and Billy Navis.

Junior forward Mason Navis, who Wimmer said is a good shooter, may contribute off the bench as well.

Wimmer wants to run a fast-paced offense this season.

“We’re going to get up and down more this year,” he said.

Wimmer plans to run a man-to-man defense while mixing in a 1-3-1 zone.

Early in the season, it’s a matter of getting in basketball shape after football season for a good portion of the roster, including stars Arrowood and Sam Peiffer, Wimmer said.

With four starters back, he said, the team could start working on game plans instead of learning offensive and defensive schemes.

The Big East, Wimmer said, lost a few of its top players, but Player of the Year Casey Verhagen of Sheboygan Lutheran is back for his senior season. The 6-1 guard averaged 27.1 points and 6.3 assists per game last season.

The Rockets started their season with a 65-53 loss Nov. 23 at University School of Milwaukee. Peiffer led all scorers with 37 points.

“Sam’s going to be tough to stop this year. He might push the kid from Sheboygan Lutheran for the player of the conference if he can keep the scoring like that,” Wimmer said.

Knight had nine.

The Rockets went 10-9 and finished fourth in the Big East. Oostburg went 18-1 and won the conference.

The Rockets’ goal, Wimmer said, is to  win the conference or at least finish in the top two this season.

The Rockets were to play at Sheboygan Christian on Tuesday, host Random Lake on Friday, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and rival Oostburg on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Wimmer is excited about a couple of other elements this season. Pandemic rules have been relaxed, meaning masks aren’t required and fans are allowed.

“We’ve got a lot of energy this year,” he said. “I want to throw out mini-basketballs to the fans and do more themes for the student section.”

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