FORT LORAMIE – The Mississinawa Valley and Versailles boys basketball teams competed in the inaugural Fort Loramie Varsity Shoot-Out on Monday at Fort Loramie.
The two Darke County teams competed along with squads from Botkins, Dixie, Fort Loramie, Fort Recovery, Indian Lake, Lima Bath, Riverside, St. Henry, Tiffin Columbian and Triad. The teams played three games before concluding the shootout with a tournament.
It’s been a big week for Versailles in the Tigers’ summer workouts. In addition to the shootout at Fort Loramie, Versailles traveled to Dunbar on Saturday and will spend a couple days at Findlay this week.
“Try to get a lot of these young kids some experience at the varsity level and see going into next year who’s accustomed to the speed of the game, who can help us at this level and what we do well as a team and what we’re really going to need to work on to be able to compete,” Versailles coach Scott McEldowney said.
Versailles has just two varsity lettermen returning for the 2015-16 season in Justin Ahrens and Brett McEldowney, both of whom were starters on this past season’s team that qualified for the regional tournament. With so many players to replace, the Tigers will depend on a lot of youth this upcoming season.
“We’re not loaded with upperclassmen,” Coach McEldowney said. “We’ve got a good three to four sophomores that will be in the mix.”
Coach McEldowney is hopeful that the Tigers will have players ready to step up by the time the season begins as Versailles had a strong junior varsity team this past season.
“We had one of the better JV teams in the area, and we’re going to rely on those kids,” the coach said.