What is known about Alleman? Hard work and heart

Originally Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 6:37 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2012, 11:51 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com

- This is the first in a series of previews of Q-C Metro boys' basketball teams. Coming tomorrow: Rock Island.

On the surface, the Alleman boys' basketball team is entering a season of unknowns.

Even Pat Rangel acknowledges that.

"Obviously, there's an unknown of who will step up," the Alleman head coach said. "We have some young guys and some inexperienced guys."

The inexperience far outnumbers the experience, but the Pioneers are confident they will not take a step back. Alleman hopes to continue the momentum it established last season when it compiled its best record in seven years.

Providing Rangel with enough evidence that Alleman can extinguish the uncertainty regarding the roster are the players wearing the green and white.

"I can tell you these guys are ready to get after it and play hard," Rangel said. "That's the makeup of Alleman basketball."

A year ago, having a blue-collar mentality helped the Pioneers reach the Class 3A regional final. Time will tell if it happens again.

What are your expectations of this team as you enter your second season?
"To continue to play hard and get better every day. I look at myself as a leader, not as a coach. I want to teach these guys as seeing themselves as who they are and what kind of players they can be. I'll help them get there. That's really what it's about. If they can be successful as a group of individuals, we're going to be successful as a team.

What's the strength of this team?
"Heart. Because we were so young going into this season, I said to my coaches that last year we had some pretty tough-minded kids. I questioned whether we'd have that same kind of toughness. I'm pretty confident we are. Nothing's changed -- we're going to get after it."

How much will senior guard Adam Hoogerwerf mean to the team this season?
"There's no doubt that Adam is our go-to guy and our leader. He's a four-year varsity player. He's been in every situation there is, whether it be football, basketball or track. We definitely do miss him (as he plays on the football team that has reached the Class 4A state semifinals). But we don't think about that right now. Once he comes back, it's going to be a huge plus. I'm looking forward to the younger kids being able to see what a true captain and true leader somebody like him is."

A year ago, Alleman entered the season on a 24-game Western Big 6 losing streak before splitting its league games. How much does it help this team that they have had recent success in an always-tough conference?
"It's extremely huge. We didn't talk about (the losing streak) a whole lot last year. A lot of our players weren't really responsible for that streak, but having the success we had only shows we can be competitive in the Western Big 6. It gave our younger kids confidence. It's drawn a lot of excitement. It was a huge springboard into this year. Whether or not we'll be able to match that remains to be seen. But it's definitely a different outlook our players and fans have."

Are the six players missing because of the football playoff run having an impact on the team now?
"Not really. We've resigned ourselves to the fact that the guys are going to make it to state and win the state championship. That's huge, not only for our basketball program, but the entire school. Having accepted that, we've moved forward and prepared as if we're not going to have those players. It hasn't disrupted our approach to the (season-opening) Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament. We're going as is, and our young guys are stepping up."

How much depth will this roster have?
"We won't be as deep. Our juniors are young and saw very limited minutes as sophomores. We really only have two players (Hoogerwerf and Sam Pirmann) who have experience. From that, it's really who rises to the occasion. I'm looking to go six, seven, eight guys deep. Who those guys are remains to be seen."

Meet the Pioneers

Coach: Pat Rangel (2nd season, 18-11)
Last season: 18-11, 5-5 Western Big 6; lost to Sterling, 54-49, in Class 3A regional final
Returning letterwinners: Srs.: Sam Lootens (5-10, G), Adam Hoogerwerf (5-11, G), Sam Pirmann (6-2 G)
Newcomers: Srs.: Dan Cutkomp (5-10, G), Joe Boland (6-0, F); Jrs.: Jeremy Keim (6-1, G), Charlie Garrett (6-0, G), Kevin O'Keeffe (6-0, G), Marcus Martin (6-2, F), Steven Ewald (6-1, G), Aaron Murray (6-2, F), Joey Mihm (6-5, F), Alec Diab (6-7, F)
Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m., unless tournament or where noted): Nov. 23-24 at Geneseo Thanksgiving Tournament; Dec. 30 Rock Island; Dec. 4 Sterling; Dec. 7 Moline; Dec. 14 United Township; Dec. 15 at Genesis Shootout; Dec. 26-29 at State Farm Holiday Classic; Jan. 8 at Rockridge; Jan. 11 at Quincy; Jan. 12 at Bloomington Central Catholic Shootout; Jan. 15 Davenport Assumption; Jan. 18 at Galesburg; Jan. 19 Peoria Richwoods, 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 25 at Rock Island; Jan 26 vs. Wheaton St. Francis at Wharton Field House, 3 p.m.; Feb. 1 at Moline; Feb. 8 at United Township; Feb. 15 Quincy; Feb. 19 Rock Falls; Feb. 22 Galesburg


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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