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Boys basketball preview: Carlton Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are young and have been unable to practice due to the pandemic, but hope to round into shape by the time the section playoffs begin.

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Carlton's Spencer Rousseau takes a shot during a 2019 game against Wrenshall. Rousseau is the only senior on the Bulldogs roster in 2021. (File / Pine Journal)

Head coach: Shawn Filipiak

Assistant coaches: Ross Korpela

Returning starters: Spencer Rousseau

New Faces: Trevor Ojibway, Aaron Schilla, Kristian Herman, Colin Emerson and Danny Eggert

Team Strengths: "I expect us to go out and compete every game. Even though we might be outmatched in a number of games, I still expect the boys to put up a good fight," coach Shawn Filipiak said.

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Biggest Challenge: " I expect ups and downs throughout this different and difficult season, but plan to have all the boys on the same page come playoff time so we can make some noise — if we can get playoffs," Filipiak said.

Coach's assessment

"COVID has put a strain on the time we usually have in the gym," Filipiak said. "With no access to any gyms, many kids haven't had the opportunity to dribble a ball in five to six weeks, let alone get to shoot and get comfortable with the ball again. We are going to be really rusty the first few weeks and games, but myself and Coach Korpela as a coaching staff look forward to working through this time and try to maintain a good routine for the boys, so we can still build and have success in this difficult season."

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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