Basketball: Rogers boys in start-over mode

By Bruce Strand

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It’s a start-over year for the Royals with seven seniors gone from last year’s 19-9 team and nobody on the roster who has started a varsity game.

“The players are excited about their opportunities,” said coach Joe Belka. “We should be a team that gets better throughout the season.”

The Royals will host Anoka on Tuesday in the lid-lifter.

Captains are Sam Spilles (sr P), Ryan Gelle (sr G) and Reid Sagehorn (jr PG). Players who saw action last year are Spilles, Cullen Loughlin (sr G) and Gunnar Bloom (so PG).

“Competition will be fierce” for playing time, said Belka.

Also vying are Brandon Nelson (sr P), Paul Olson (sr P), Luke Pecka (sr G), Cole Murray (so P), Nate Hajder (jr G) and Isaac Aanerud (jr G).