Boys basketball season preview: Defiance Bulldogs



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Coach: Kirk Lehman

Years, career record: 26 (14 at Defiance), 375-203

Division: II

Last year: 19-6, 8-1 (co-champs)

Returning letterwinners (* returning starter): Michael Menedez* (Sr., 5-7, guard); Braden Frederick (Sr., 5-11, guard); James Steele (So., 6-2, forward); Josef Kanouh (Sr., 6-4, forward)

Promising newcomers: Mark Thomas (Sr., 5-11, forward); Sammy Assaf (Sr., 5-8, guard); Easton Gerken (Jr., 5-10, guard); Alex Naton (So., 6-4, forward); Ben Perrine (So., 6-1, forward)

Team outlook: Defiance lost four starters from last year’s league co-champion, which turns the team’s focus to its guards. “A strength is the guard play with the return of Michael Menendez and Braden Frederick,” coach Kirk Lehman said. “Three-point shooting should be a team strength with Menendez, Frederick, Sammy Assaf and Easton Gerken.”


Dec. 3 Maumee 7:30 PM

Dec. 9 at Paulding 7:30 PM

Dec. 16 at Kenton 7:30 PM

Dec. 23 Findlay 7:30 PM

Dec. 27 Napoleon 7:30 PM

Jan. 6 at Elida 7:30 PM

Jan. 13 Bath 7:30 PM

Jan. 14 Wauseon 7:30 PM

Jan. 20 at Celina 7:30 PM

Jan. 21 Fairview Sherwood 7:30 PM

Jan. 27 at Ottawa-Glandorf 7:30 PM

Jan. 28 Holland Springfield 7:30 PM

Feb. 3 Wapakoneta 7:30 PM

Feb. 4 Anthony Wayne 7:30 PM

Feb. 10 at St. Marys 7:30 PM

Feb. 17 Van Wert 7:30 PM

Feb. 24 Shawnee 7:30 PM

Feb. 25 at Lima Central Catholic 7:30 PM



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