Warrenton boys led by trio of senior scorers during 10-15 season

Sam Toenges
Scott Butler
Record Correspondent

In what was an up and down season, the Warrenton boys basketball team will be looking to rebuild next year. Three of the five seniors each scored over 300 points for the Warriors, while only one other player on the roster scored over 100. 

Seniors Brett Smith, Travis Toebben and Sam Toenges accounted for most of the offensive output this season for the Warriors. They scored 82 percent of the team’s points by shooting 80 percent of the team’s shots. Oh, they also happen to all be related.

“It was the greatest feeling to play ball with my family,” Toebben said. “It’s something we have in common and it creates a great bond that we all have and I love it.”

Smith led the way with almost 400 points this season by putting in over 16 points per game, which earned him the selection of GAC North Player of the Year.

Toenges, Smith’s brother, poured in over 13 points a game and came down with almost seven rebounds to boost. Toebben, Smith and Toenges’ cousin, also scored over 13 points a game.

The Warriors started the season off on the right foot by going 3-0, which included knocking off their county rival Wright City in the season opener. And after back-to-back wins against state-ranked Pattonville at Lindenwood University in the GAC/Suburban Challenge, and district opponent Moberly at Moberly Community College, Warrenton was sitting at 6-3 on the young season.

Then came the new year and things went different for the Warriors. Although many games went back and forth throughout, Warrenton surrendered 12 of its remaining 16 games to close out the season, including its district opening-round loss to Hannibal.

“I don't think it is the season any of us had hoped for but as a whole, they competed and played hard in most of the showings,” Warrenton Head Coach Mark Thomas said. “They battled through injuries, adversity and learned to put more trust in each other.”

Although they finished the season at 10-15, the players did learn a great deal about life and how to prepare for whatever is thrown at them.

“I believe, they took some valuable things away from the experience, growing as young men and as a team,” Thomas said. “Players that grow the most do not improve themselves just November through March they make time for everything that is important to them year round.”

Other graduates are Brendan Day, who played in every game this season, and Cody Crump, who only joined the program for this season.

“We will be graduating a lot so remaining players and incoming freshman have large shoes to fill and need to understand what it really takes to compete in the GAC North and in our schedule,” said Thomas.

Juniors Andrew Cox and Chase Cook, along with sophomores Kolby Meine and Joe Evans will be looked upon to fill voids left by graduating seniors.


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