NORTH LIMA, Ohio (WKBN) –Last year, in Will Klucinec’s first season at the team’s head coach, the Raiders stumbled out the gates to open the year a 1-11 record. From mid-January on, South Range closed out the campaign with a 6-6 record.

This season, the Raiders return six letter winners in Landon Moore (12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Dylan Turvey (8.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), Ayden Leon (9.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Joe Plunkett (2.0 ppg), Brady Crumbacher and Jared Klucinec (3.7 ppg).

“Landon will be a player to watch in the area,” says coach Klucinec. “He should continue to grow and develop as a junior.” Moore, as a sophomore, led the team in scoring and rebounding as well as field goal percentage (49.1%).

“We need to continue to grow and learn from last season’s successes and failures,” Klucinec points out. “We expect to compete every night and progressively improve. Our difficult non-conference schedule will prepare us for [Northeast 8 Conference] play. Collectively, we’ll need everyone to establish an identity, a role, chemistry to help us be successful. We’ll be looking for our upperclassmen, especially the seniors to develop into leadership positions on-and-off the court.”

South Range welcomes back Logan Baxter and Matt Singleton, who are rebounding from injuries. Newcomers Nate Lewis, Luke Rohan, Gavin Nagy, Jimmy Powell, Tristan Toy and Hudson Moorefield will all be looked at to contribute this season.

Coach Klucinec likes what he has, “We’ll have a good inside presence with Ayden [Leon] and Landon [Moore]. We have multiple shooters that we’ll rely on to spread the floor. We have a lot of athleticism that should help us space the floor and play with some pace on both ends of the floor.”

The season tips off against Southeast on Wednesday, November 23.

South Range Raiders
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Will Klucinec
2021-22 Record: 7-17 (6-8), 5th place in Northeast 8
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Liberty (55-44) in Sectional Final
Last 5-Years: 74-46 (61.7%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 49.5
Scoring Defense: 55.2
Rebounding: 29.1
Free Throw Percentage: 58.7%
Three-Point Percentage: 24.2%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Landon Moore, 12.3
Rebounding: Landon Moore, 7.2
Assists: Dylan Turvey, 2.6
Steals: Landon Moore, 1.8
Free Throw Percentage: Jared Klucinec, 90.5%
Three-Point Percentage: Jared Klucinec, 42.9%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 23 – Southeast
Nov. 29 – at Chaney
Dec. 2 – at Louisville
Dec. 3 – Lowellville
Dec. 6 – at West Branch
Dec. 9 – at Struthers
Dec. 13 – at Niles
Dec. 16 – Girard
Dec. 20 – at Jefferson
Dec. 23 – Springfield
Jan. 3 – Smithville
Jan. 6 – at Lakeview
Jan. 10 – at Poland
Jan. 13 – at Hubbard
Jan. 17 – Struthers
Jan. 20 – Niles
Jan. 21 – at Salem
Jan. 24 – at Girard
Jan. 27 – Jefferson
Jan. 31 – Lakeview
Feb. 3 – Poland
Feb. 7 – Hubbard