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Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Windham Bombers season preview

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Windham Bombers season preview


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor



Cody Apthorpe

2nd year

15-10 career record




   • Coaching Staff: Terry Peterson, JV; Austin Peterson, assistant; Dave Apthorpe, assistant.

   • 2022-23 Record: 15-10 overall; 9-5 Northeastern Athletic Conference.

   • Returning Lettermen (6): Anthony Wiley, sr.; Jake Collins, sr.; Carlos Bruton, jr.; Dylan McCune, jr.; Cam Hardrick, jr.; Matt Kolaczek, soph.

   • Lettermen Lost (3): Chase Eye, Zack Turk, Lucas Churchill.




The Bombers lose a considerable amount of their scoring output to graduation, leaving leadership roles to be filled.

“We need to play aggressive defensively on the ball, leading to turnovers and scoring in the open court,” second-year head coach Cody Apthorpe said.




The top returning starter is Bruton, who enters his second season as a starter.

He is a wiry and quick guard that has a great knack for getting to the rim on dribble-drives.

He averaged 12.1 points per game a year ago and is described by Apthorpe as the “team leader” this season.

Bruton was fifth in Portage County in 2022-23 with his 117 made field goals, and he was also top 10 in steals at 2.2 per game.

Others that will step up to fill varsity minutes are returning lettermen McCune and Hardrick.




Collins highlights the Bombers’ frontcourt. He was the team’s sixth man last year and has worked hard in the off-season to improve his skills.

“He is a strong rebounder and has continued to improve his finishes around the rim.”

Kolaczek, a sophomore, is expected to expand his role considerably this season.

“He is a strong player, who has continued to improve throughout the summer.”




The Bombers lost three starters with a considerable amount of experience from the graduated Chase Eye, Zack Turk and Lucas Churchill.

Matching their statistical output is one thing, but finding a way to duplicate their experience and leadership will be a season-long priority.




“Bristol has tenacious defense, with a great core of returning players. Badger’s Duncan May is a player that can lead his team to many victories. Pymantuing Valley had a great season last year and is expected to have continued success.”

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