NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In Jeff Brink’s first season back (in his second stint) at Springfield, the Tigers enjoyed much success that included a league championship and the top seed in the district. Their season; however, came to an abrupt halt in the district title game against Cardinal Mooney (38-31).

Now, Springfield’s back to defend their MVAC crown without much of last year’s roster.

Coach Brink points to, “We’ll be inexperienced this year. We graduated 52-points from our Scarlet Division championship team (Jake Joyce, Alex Rothwell, Adam Wharry, Beau Brungard). We’ll expect our talented squad to improve throughout the season. There’re high expectations that come with being a Springfield Tiger as several of our players had tremendous junior varsity seasons. They’ll need to elevate their games if we’re to maintain our recent success.”

Seandelle Gardner (5.3 ppg, 2.5 apg) and Sean Guerriero saw lots of time a year ago. “Seandelle will be required to take on much more of a leadership role this year,” Brink said. “Our expectations will be high for me, not just as a leader but also for his on the court [play]. Sean played vital minutes last year as well, including many high-pressure minutes in key situations.”

The rest of the group will look to continue the Tiger basketball tradition as seniors Brandon Price, Cade Gleghor and Connor Hudran will be joined by juniors Dylan Sheely, Kolten Ruark, Drew Miller and sophomore Aiden Appel.

Springfield begins their season on Friday, Dec. 2 when they welcome Poland.

Springfield Tigers
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Jeff Brink
2021-22 Record: 24-2 (14-0), 1st place in MVAC Scarlet Tie
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Cardinal Mooney, 38-31, in District Final
Last 5-Years: 95-30 (76.0%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 62.6
Scoring Defense: 38.8

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Adam Wharry, 14.9
Rebounding: Adam Wharry, 11.9
Assists: Beau Brungard, 4.8
Steals: Beau Brungard, 2.9
Three-Point Percentage: Adam Wharry, 34.2%
Free-Throw Percentage: Seandelle Gardner, 92.6%

2022-23 Schedule
Dec. 2 – Poland
Dec. 6 – Salem
Dec. 9 – at Crestview
Dec. 13 – at Sebring
Dec. 16 – Mineral Ridge
Dec. 20 – Lowellville
Dec. 23 – at South Range
Dec. 27 – at Ursuline
Dec. 30 – at Hubbard
Jan. 3 – at Western Reserve
Jan. 6 – Jackson-Milton
Jan. 10 – at Waterloo
Jan. 13 – at McDonald
Jan. 20 – Sebring
Jan. 24 – at Mineral Ridge
Jan. 27 – at Lowellville
Jan. 31 – Western Reserve
Feb. 3 – at Jackson-Milton
Feb. 7 – Waterloo
Feb. 10 – McDonald
Feb. 14 – Girard
Feb. 17 – LaBrae