Boys Basketball off to strong start on the year

Trevians off to undefeated season, set sights on larger goals

Jack Soble

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Undefeated so far on the season, New Trier Basketball looks to continue their run of success with a matchup against Glenbrook South on Thursday, a tournament in Hillcrest over Winter Break, and a showdown with Evanston soon after.

The Trevians have recently defeated Niles West, Lakeview, and most satisfyingly of all, a hard-fought 63-56 win over the hated Maine South Hawks and a 46-41 victory over crosstown rival Loyola.

The Trevians’ main strength lies in their dominant frontcourt duo of Juniors Spencer Boehm and Ciaran Brayboy, standing at 6’8” and 6’9”, respectively, and both in their second year of starting on the Varsity team. Boehm has received college interest from Stanford and Wisconsin, among others, and Brayboy has been contacted by Notre Dame.

“My personal goals were to help our team in any way possible to win as many games as we can,” said Boehm, Prep Hoops’ preseason pick to win the Central Suburban League player of the year (Brayboy did not respond to request for comment).

The Trevians were ranked in the preseason top 25 in the state by the Chicago Sun Times, and their 7-0 record to start the season has done nothing to change that, as they’re sitting at 14th as of Dec 3.

“We wanted to win the first game and the first tournament,” said Senior Guard Matt Mosher. “We set another goal to win all our rivalry games and protect our home court, and so far we’ve met expectations because we all have the same goal in mind and everyone on the team is unselfish.”

A returning contributor, Mosher is a two sport athlete who received Central Suburban League Defensive Player of the Year honors and was an all-state honorable mention for New Trier’s football team.

Head Coach Scott Fricke placed a premium on goal setting and expectations, meeting with the team before the season started to discuss them. “Some of them applied to our work ethic in practice and us as individuals outside the court,” said Senior Guard Brian Conaghan.

Conaghan was coined “Mr. Tenacious” by Kevin Reiterman of the Daily North Shore for his scrappy style of play, especially against Loyola where he had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in a Trevians Victory.

The most important rivalry game of the season for New Trier, however, is coming up in less than a month: a home battle with Evanston. Pioneer Press mentioned it as a matchup to watch on January 12th in their CSL South preview.

Recently, the Wildkits have had the upper hand in the matchup, winning their last 8 contests against their bitter rivals to the North. “In order to win conference, which is one of our goals, we have to beat the,” said Mosher.

Given their recent success, though, the Trevians feel like they have a shot this year.

“It means everything, we haven’t beaten them in a couple of years, and I believe this year we will,” said Boehm. “We are preparing for the matchup everyday and getting ready for the battle. The game will be a dog fight down to the wire. It should be a full house and a fun game to play in.”

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