(HERCULANEUM, Mo.) The Herculaneum Blackcats came within a win from having an opportunity to win the JCAA Small School Conference crown last season finishing just short with a record of 10-14.
The Blackcats lost to Crystal City last season 57-49 in their last conference game of the year that would have given them a chance at the conference crown. This year, the Blackcats are looking to another crack at the conference championship, but will be tasked to replace the scoring of forward Matt Coffman who led the team with 17.2 points per game while also leading the team with 7.3 rebounds a contest. Coffman was the only Blackcat to average double figures last season.+++
The Blackcats will return seniors Matt Sales, James Maloney, Chandler Jansen, Corben Clubb, and sophomore Jordan Duncan. Head coach Jason Jarvis is looking for all of them to make a mark in the scoring column to hope fill the void of Coffman…+++
Junior Blake Leathers is expected to take over the bulk of the point guard duties this year in replacement of L.J. Nelson. Herculaneum will play their first seven games on the road not including the additional games they will play in the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Tournament at Crystal City the week after Thanksgiving.+++
The hope is for those games to help them be comfortable once the conference season rolls around, and Jarvis said the biggest challenge lies with how quickly the younger players can adapt…+++
Herculaneum opens up their 2017 season Tuesday night on the road against Meadow Heights High School. KJFF will bring you coverage of the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Tournament next week in a highly anticipated rematch with Crystal City.+++
You can hear the full interview with Jarvis below…+++