Chippewa Valley boys basketball young and talented

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 21, 2020

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley sophomore Ryan Schuster puts the ball up against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North Jan. 14. Chippewa won the program’s fifth district championship in nine seasons last March.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley sophomore Ryan Schuster puts the ball up against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North Jan. 14. Chippewa won the program’s fifth district championship in nine seasons last March.

Photo by Sean Work

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After winning the program’s fifth district championship in nine seasons last March, this year’s version of Clinton Township Chippewa Valley boys basketball is one that coach Kevin Voss said is inexperienced and young.

“Think we’re getting better every day, which is helpful,” Voss said. “Had some games we played very well; couple games we haven’t played so well. Hopefully, we get a little more consistent as time goes on.”

At press time, Chippewa was 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

Although Voss said “it’s great to coach when you have all the talent,” there can be certain advantages to having a team that needs more than that to succeed.

“When you don’t have as much talent, this is where you really got (to) coach,” Voss said. “You enjoy the fact that they have to compete hard to get a victory; that they don’t just show up and win. … In our case, we’re (going to) earn every victory we get this year.”

Despite Chippewa’s slow start, senior Jon Bolden hasn’t forgotten what happened last season.

“By the end of the year, I think we’ll be good enough to win a district,” Bolden said. “That would mean a lot. We won one last year when we weren’t really supposed to, so I think we could do that again this year.”

Adding another district championship for the program is also something Voss has given some thought to.

“We’d like to get some sort (of) championship along the way,” he said. “Maybe the MAC Red’s not realistic, but we (want to) try to get (a) district again and keep our winning tradition going.”

If Chippewa is going to keep its “winning tradition” going, it is Voss’ preference to do it with kids in the district.

“School (of) choice has opened up a lot (of) things for people to try to get kids to come to their school and kids to switch schools, just like colleges,” Voss said. “We’re not involved in that. We just want Chippewa Valley kids. … Because (of) school of choice, you’re able to influence kids, and I don’t think it’s right.”

Voss said the state of Chippewa’s program is in good shape, and he counts enthusiasm as one of the strengths of this season’s team.

“They’re young,” Voss said. “They’re willing to learn. They’re willing to work. We don’t have any great strengths athletically, or great things that we do, but overall, together as a unit, we come out all right.”

Up next, Chippewa plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at home against Macomb Dakota.

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