The 2022-23 season was a bittersweet season for the Henning boys’ basketball team. The Hornets were 23-6 overall and went 12-2 to finish second to New York Mills in the Park Region Conference. They were also runners-up to the Eagles in their sub-section tournament. “The Eagles handed us 3 of our 6 losses,” commented Henning Head Coach Randy Misegades. “We played well down the stretch and made a nice run in post-season play. We had a number of guys gain another year of valuable experience at the varsity level.”
The Hornets lost a key player from that successful team with the graduation of Tanner Arndt. “Tanner was our best player last season without a doubt,” said Coach Misegades. “He was our primary ball handler, Best defender, and leader. He will be missed, but we have plenty of other guys ready to step up as we return four starters.”
Seniors Carter Dilly (F), Mason Hammer (F) and Tyson Misegades (G), and freshman Kale Misegades (G) are the starters who are back.
“We look to Carter to step forward and have a big senior season,” said Coach Misegades. “He is a very smart player and a great shooter with good size. Carter will be expected to take on an increased role on the playing floor and with leadership within our program. Mason led us in scoring last season at 15 points per game. He is a tremendous scorer, both in the paint and form the perimeter. We look for him to take on more of a leadership role this season and help our young guys along. We expect and need Mason to be great on both ends of the floor so our team can be at our best. Tyson scored in double figures each of the past two seasons and we expect him to make a jump in that department this season. His strength is shooting, but he has improved his ability to get to the basket. He will be taking on more ball handling duties this season as well. Our expectations are very high for Tyson on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Kale has two years of varsity experience under his belt and will be expected to play like an upperclassman. He won’t back down from any challenge. Kale loves to play defense which adds to his value for our team. He averaged near double figures in scoring last season and will need to increase that output in 22-23. Kale will also handle the ball a great deal for this group.”
Other returning letter winners are senior Riley Bode (G), and juniors Lane Dilly (F) and Carter Kenyon (C).
“Riley gained experience at the varsity level last season,” said Coach Misegades. “He’s been a par to four program for a long time and understand the things he needs to do to help our team be successful. Riley will play mainly on the wing and is a capable three point shooter. Lane played a ton of minutes for our team last season. Although undersized, Lane is savvy and strong. He is a versatile defender and is able to guard multiple positions. Lake is a good rebounder and sneaky scorer. Carter will be slow to get started this season after breaking his foot. He has tremendous size and strength, and is improving his footwork and touch around the basket.”
Newcomers to the varsity will be sophomores Logan Kostelecky (G), Dawson Misegades (C), Eli Reinbold (G) and Noah Umland (G).
“We have high expectations for our team in both the conference and section,” added Misegades. “Our kids have been part of our program for a long time and work hard to continue that tradition. This group is skilled on the offensive end of the floor, shooting, passing and ball handling. Defensively, we’ll be hard-nosed and battle our opponent each night. Depth will be something that we’ll need to develop as the season moves along. We’ll find out quickly which of our younger guys are ready for that challenge.”
Mark Oscarson and Ryan Emter will assist Misegades.
Misegades says the top teams are Wadena-Deer Creek in the Park Region Conference and Border West, Hillcrest and BBE in Section 6A.