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Scheffers, Nelson and the North Stars were in action this weekend at the Hoop Mountain tournament at Batavia.
Last season the North Stars won their first regional title in a decade. They were arguably a cleaner fourth quarter performance away from reaching the sectional final.
"You can quote us on that," Scheffers said. "That's our goal."
In the regular season, the North Stars went 11-17. The postseason presented a completely clean slate, and they took advantage of it.
"We're not letting what happened last year during the [regular] season," Scheffers said of a conversation he had with teammate Christian Czerniak. "We know all the struggles that we had just within our team. We just told ourselves [that] we're going to make the best of this year.'"
The North Stars graduated significant pieces of its starting five a season ago in Lucas Heflen, Billy Durocher and Tyler Czerniak. North is retooling around Scheffers and center Connor Linke, who recently received an offer from the U.S. Army at West Point.
It's likely Nelson and Christian Czerniak will see increases in playing time. Czerniak is looking to build upon and fill his older brother's shoes.
"I got to exactly play defense like he did last year," Czerniak said. "Because he was a defensive juggernaut last year."
Nelson, a reliable offensive threat from beyond the arc, could see his role expand beyond being a sixth or seventh man who can simply shoot.
"I feel like we lost our key defenders in Billy, Tyler and Lucas," Nelson said. "I feel like I need to step up and guard the other team's best player. That's what I've tried to focus on, just getting faster and stronger."
North sophomore guard Max Love, who played primarily junior varsity last year, is already making impressions on his teammates.
"He's already been playing a huge role," Czerniak said. "The past couple games, he's came off the bench and he's been super active on the rebounds...lot of second-chance points. He's kind of filling [Linke's] shoes right now as a guard: He's rebounding, he's learning our stuff a lot better."
"I've been in his position," Scheffers said. "It's kind of hard being the younger guy around. My biggest thing to him is playing confident. I always tell him: 'Just play your game. If you're open shoot it.'"
"I just want him to play confident because I know he's a great player," Scheffers continued.